I started making my own costume jewelry a few years ago because I was concerned about the amount of lead in costume jewelry from places like Forever 21, Old Navy, Target, and Kohl’s. My son was much younger at the time and liked to put my necklaces in his mouth, so I wanted to make sure they were toxin free. Friends/family liked my creations and the fact that they are lead-free and nickel-free and encouraged me to sell them. My general tagline is that I make the kind of jewelry I would want to wear and charge the price that I would want to pay. I love how a carefully selected piece of jewelry can complete an outfit and I believe it should not be expensive to do so.
I’m retired after 36 years of service at a Turlock Unified School District as A Computer Specialist. I have been doing Arts and Crafts show for 35+ years. I have done numerous fund raisers for our local schools.
Well I have always been a lover of unique beautiful jewelry. It started with opals and seeing beautiful opals in high end jewelry stores and a vendor at the CA Mid-state fair years ago showed me an Australian gem quality opal. It was BEAUTIFUL! So opals have been a big part of what I love. I also love the play of color and bold colors. So i would see some of my moms dichroic glass. The glass with the iridescent colors was so fascinating to me. I learned how to cut the glass and fuse it. I never lost my love for opals so on my 21st birthday I bought my first loose opal. I designed a necklace. An ocean necklace because i love being near the ocean in a coastal community. I went all out with that necklace. I branched out into a new source of opals. A mine from Ethiopia was newly discovered and these opals were unlike anything I have ever seen! I got a pretty big one when they were new. I wanted to branch out and buy other stones to compliment my opal pieces and that is how i branched out into other stones. I enjoy learning about different stones and seeing how they sparkle and how they’re cut and shaped and the color and size. I love seeing loose stones at a gem booth or a private dealer. I love the zillion ideas going through my head. I love also buying the stones with no idea for later. I play with them and spontaneously some combination happens and it inspires another change to a design. Thats the artistic process i love. I also got into lapidary when a very loyal customer gave me a jar of opals. It pushed me to do lapidary work. I never imagined I’d actually cut stones but I’ve enjoyed it! Then setting the stones in gold. When i design a piece in gold then finally see it materialize it makes me feel satisfied in knowing my artistic talents