Stuart Nye, the originator of the jewelry that bears his name, began his business on a whim. Returning from World War I, Nye was recuperating at the Veterans Hospital near Asheville. Casting about for an occupation, he began tinkering with jewelry making, and in 1933, became a full time jewelry maker. Most of his designs come from nature and include dogwoods, lilies, pansies, and pine cones. After World War II, he struck up a partnership with Ralph Morris, Sr., and when Nye retired in 1948, Morris continued the business, retaining the well-established name. The business continues this day under the direction of Ralph Morris, Jr.