15 years ago, when I first attended a three-day jewelry fabrication class, my heart was set on creating earrings. After having had my first design produced by someone else, it was clear to me that I needed the experience of creating them from idea to metal.
During that weekend course while I learned to saw, file, polish and excitedly succeeded in some basic soldering in sterling silver and 14 karat gold; I was hooked. Because then I knew that for me, working with metal is awesome.
Dangle earrings were my go-to style, but I noticed that most women wore hoops. From creating hoop earrings, I found that I liked the simple lines and shapes that could be softened into finer looking jewelry.
When gold prices began to rise, I experimented only in sterling silver and fell in love with its reflective high shine. And love this quality in necklaces and chain bracelets which I offer now too.
I make earrings and pendants from sterling silver wire or sheet, then form or carve the design, solder and polish from my studio in Nipomo, CA. The same goes for the for the larger link chain bracelets. With the other bracelets, I start with small link curb or cable chain and add or make components for aesthetics and ease of wearing.
Gemological Institute of America:
Graduate Diamonds 2004
Colored Stones Certificate 2007
Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts: 2005 - 2009
Certificates in Fabrication, Finishing, Setting