When I was a senior in high school, I took a jewelry making class as an elective. After years of strenuous course work, I was looking for fun electives and easy A’s! I thought I’d find both of those in that basement classroom, but instead I found the foundation for my career. I learned jewelry making basics that I would later use to earn a B.S. in Studio Art with a specialization in Jewelry and Silversmithing. I also went on to earn the Accredited Jewelry Professional designation from the Gemological Institute of America.
Since obtaining my formal education, I’ve gained invaluable experience working in manufacturing, repair, custom design, and hand fabrication. I’ve been on teams that designed and produced jewelry items by the thousands, and I’ve delicately hand-crafted one-of-a-kind bridal sets and heirloom pieces. I’ve sold entire jewelry lines to buyers for Fortune 500 companies, and I’ve done local trade and craft shows selling to people just like you. I spent years working solely on repair, learning all of the different ways jewelry might fail so I could design around and eliminate some of those shortfalls. Every step of the way, I’ve taken advantage of the tricks and hints offered to me to hone my craft, tossing the bad and building the good into the arsenal I employ to build quality pieces of jewelry for my customers.
Much of my inspiration comes from my love of nature. Whether I’m hiking, scuba diving with my husband, or just sitting around a bonfire in my backyard, nature offers endless beauty to spark my creativity.
I love making jewelry, and I’m extremely fortunate to have a job where I get to help spread a little joy in the world.
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