” I strive to produce unique designs incorporating precious stones with each piece of jewelry created. “
How did you get started as a silversmith and jewelry designer?
I took a totally unexpected direction in my life following the receipt of an invitation to sign up at a jewelry design school. Having believed I had ‘two left hands’ since I was a child, I had no intention to sign up but then I figured what have I got to lose. Even though I planned on studying law or social work, the thought of creating and working with my hands never left me. I went to the opening day of school and learned about determination and perseverance that first day, two qualities I believe I was blessed with.
What was it like opening your own business?
It was hard in the beginning but I had a lot of support from friends who liked my designs and creations. Word slowly spread because my customers were looking for something unique and special in the jewelry they bought. I had little experience in marketing but I quickly learned to focus on a particular category rather than expanding into too many areas. In the beginning I sold my creations in fairs and exhibitions. A new opportunity opened up when someone offered to sell my jewelry in Germany. At that point I knew I was on the right track.
How would you describe your jewelry designs?
I strive to produce unique designs incorporating precious stones with each piece of jewelry created. I started collecting stones years ago never realizing then that stones would come to play such a major role in my future work. Whenever I traveled I bought stones that appealed to me or even picked up natural stones when walking in the woods or on beaches. I researched the origin and meaning of different stones and discovered that there exists a universal belief that they retain certain powers offering luck, prosperity and health. Many people believe that when worn, earth stones help to heal, assist and yield a feeling of protection and security.
What materials do you most enjoy working with?
My creations are made of silver and gold and each one contains a stone. No matter the size there must be a stone in every piece of jewelry I design.