The Making of a Gem Geek

There are times in your life when you are surging forward with purpose and excitement.  There are also times when you’re going on auto-pilot.  It’s not good to be on auto-pilot for too long.  I get frustrated and bored without a challenge in front of me.  It’s the way I’m wired.  I like to think.  I like to learn. Learning keeps me excited.  Fortunately, I’ve had wonderful opportunities to do just that.  When I made the switch from working in radio to jewelry I knew nothing.  I didn’t come from a jewelry family.  My mom didn’t wear much jewelry.  I seriously had no exposure to it.  My husband even picked out my wedding ring. (but I got to upgrade since then;)

Through my eyes jewelry is a wonderful marriage of art and science.  I started working at Randy Cooper’s in 2000 and began to really appreciate the different jewelry designers she carried.  Every piece is like a painting.  Jewelry is art for the body.  It expresses emotion, attitude, style.  I knew I wanted to design, but I didn’t have the confidence to do it at that stage.  I needed to build a foundation first, Instead, I took some jewelry making classes at what is now Mark Arts.  I actually won a juried art show that year in the student category.  I hope it was a good omen.  Then I enrolled in a distance education program at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).  I wanted to understand gems through a microscope.  How do you identify each?  How are they formed?  What causes color?  I learned how to professionally grade diamonds, colored gemstones, and pearls. It was a tedious few years and a lot of shipping gems back and forth, but I gained a much deeper appreciation for the miracle that diamonds and gemstones are.

I still find purpose and excitement in the world of gems and my passion has grown.  I have that email address working now so  The website should be a little more complete next month.  I was just in NYC to work with my production team on some new pieces.  Y’all this is modern luxury.  It’s definitely not traditional, but neither am I.


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