I always start with sketches which I then turn into 3-D models. Once the models are perfected, I make molds from which we hand fabricate the pieces, set the stones, and, lastly, polish the finished items. I believe that every piece of jewelry has the potential to create a story. It is part of a memory chain that can be transmitted from one person to another; it can be the gift that celebrates a monumental occasion, or it can make a statement about the wearer or the causes that she believes in.
I draw inspiration from knowing that the pieces I create not only enhance the beauty of the person wearing them but have the potential to create wonderful stories that I can only imagine.
Someone who doesn't want to dress up for jewelry, who is always on the go and who wants pieces that don't weigh her down. She lives in her jewelry and never takes it off!
Because I am at a bench most of the day working with my hands, I don't wear rings. I love to layer necklaces and small hoops, since I have 3 piercings on each side. While I often change my look, two pieces I never take off are my Diamond Edge Lock and Diamond Thread Studs.
Before she passed away, my grandma gave me and my twin sister matching diamonds for when we get married.
In college, I really loved the jewelry of fellow RISD alum, Carla Caruso, so I saved up my money to buy some of her beautiful pieces.