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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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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