DESIGN PHILOSOPHY

There was never a question in my mind that I would dedicate my life to art. I feel blessed to have a family that supported and encouraged that creativity from the beginning. When I discovered jewelry making I knew that I had found the perfect medium for me. I have collected gems and fossils most of my life and ultimately found that jewelry design is the perfect way to express that fascination with geology and ancient history.


Nothing could ever replace the joy I feel when creating my jewelry. I love what I do and designing new pieces for my collection is a joyful experience. Nearly all of my work is one of a kind so I literally get to start from scratch pretty much every time I sit down at my bench. I hand select my materials in person so that I can choose the best quality but also so that I can begin the design process in my mind before I even get to my studio.


My favorite way to design is to first choose the stone or fossil that will be the focal point and study it for a while. I pick out the colors, patterns, and textures and begin to pull other materials that will draw those characteristics out of the focal piece. It really feels like I get to play with my favorite toys for a living. I feel very blessed to be able to dedicate my life to my passion.


I love both the creation process and the feeling of fulfillment when a customer purchases and cherishes one of my pieces. Passing on the excitement and enthusiasm I have for jewelry to my customers is something I hold dear. I truly believe that creativity is at its best when it is a shared experience. Making jewelry is a passion that I know I will carry with me for the rest of my life.

 

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