16 years ago, when I first attended a three-day jewelry fabrication class at Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, my heart was set on creating earrings that I wanted to wear. 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 I learned to saw, file, polish and excitedly succeeded in some basic soldering of sterling silver and 14 karat gold pieces. I was hooked because then I knew that for me, working with metal was awesome.
Dangle earrings were my usual style Punch: Silver Post Earrings with Large Oval Dangles – Hoopsanddangles, but when noticing that most women wore hoops, I began making them too. And found that I liked the simple lines and shapes that could be softened into finer looking jewelry, Balance: Medium Size Square Silver Hoops – Hoopsanddangles.
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.
The earrings and pendants are made from sterling silver wire or sheet, then formed or carved, soldered and polished from my studio in Nipomo, CA. The same goes for the larger link chain bracelets, 7.5" Large Oblong Link Chain Bracelet – Hoopsanddangles. With the other bracelets, I start with small link curb or cable chain and add or make components for aesthetics and ease of wearing, Silver Multi Strand Chain Bracelet – Hoopsanddangles.