Early versions of Evans’ bracelets were heishi designs with words like “survivor” and “warrior” that she would give to her patients at the hospital. She noticed the positive impact they had on those patients and gradually her reach began to expand. By the holiday season, Evans found herself making bracelets for friends to give one-of-a-kind gifts. “I kind of figured that would be the end of my bracelet making. I figured that would be it and it would be over,” Evans says.
But Evans kept designing, and in 2021 she began working with her now-signature large, colorful acrylic beads. “Once people started getting out more and socializing again, slowly that acrylic trend kind of just took off here,” she says. “Especially with lake season, the fact that they were waterproof just kind of made it a little more fun. You can pick and choose your color, and it doesn’t matter if they get wet.”
It wasn’t long before Evans’ designs caught the eye of friend and buyer at Springfield boutique STAXX, Tara Hamilton. With the backing of STAXX, the bracelets took off. Now Jules Jewels can be found at several 417-land shops including LUK Boutique in Nixa and June & Beyond Boutique in Lebanon. Evans still takes custom requests through direct messages on her Instagram account and has recently seen a surge in school- and team-themed stacks, perfect for football season.
Despite her rapid success, Evans continues to work as a physical therapist. “It’s really just blown my mind how much people love them. I’m just a mom using this as a way to decompress at night,” she says.