Jewelry was always a passion for me. As a child I was a creative nerd of sorts and my life’s dream was to go to New York and become a fashion designer, which I did. I designed for large brands in NYC and LA and I started making pieces for myself and friends as a way to create directly with my hands. After the birth of my first child, my life had completely changed and I struggled to find pieces that I could live in, that reflected a certain simplicity for ease but also had depth and singularity. I started to dive deep into the craft of goldsmithing and stone setting, taking night classes and practicing my skills at home in my garage whenever I could. I was obsessed. It was all very organic and I still call on the learnings from those early days.
I am really trying to capture a feeling more so than seasonal ideas, so I like to constantly look out into the world and allow things to bubble up from my mind’s eye. I then marry that with the strong feminine energy from many of the women I surround myself with or have made an impact on the world –my “Elegant Badasses”. They remind me of the power and complexity that each one of us has within, and I strive to refine that feeling into beautiful pieces with which to adorn and express ourselves.
She is multi-faceted, beautiful in her imperfect humanity and always striving to live her life authentically, with purpose and positivity.
It was actually a fabulous piece of costume jewelry years ago – an art-deco bracelet and necklace I found at a vintage market in tones of sparkling brown topaz.
That’s a toss-up between my engagement ring, a Jamie Joseph ring my husband gave to me early on in my jewelry education (both of these rings inspired me to learn metalsmithing and stone-setting) and a delicate necklace with a butterfly and diamond given to me by my godmother.
Oh, I have a few! But the one I call on most often is simple. “Have Courage.” It is extracted from a longer quote from my favorite Elegant Badass of all time, Maya Angelou – “Courage is the most important virtue. Because without courage you cannot practice any other virtue consistently.”