It all began when I was a little girl with a rock tumbler and a makeshift booth on the sidewalk, always designing, making and selling. This passion led me to Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond where I received my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Craft in 1990. Instead of attending my graduation ceremony, I was literally on a plane heading to California to pursue my Graduate Gemologist degree from the Gemological Institute of America. All along the way I gained life experience as a waitress, repairing jewelry, grading diamonds, and working retail, all in places including garages, strip malls, swanky retailers and high-rise skyscrapers.
I started my own business in 1993, encouraged by my then boyfriend and now husband, working in spare bedrooms until I found my perfect studio space some 18 years ago on the corner of Grove Avenue and Rowland Street in The Fan district. As the years went on I had one very cool daughter, survived a nasty cancer, and designed and made lots of jewelry. Turns out it is a passion that won’t let go of me!
My goal is to craft fine jewelry that is casual and very wearable. I love having one-on-one interactions and helping my clients find the most perfect piece for them, whether it’s a statement or signature piece. This connection and the satisfaction of creating with my hands are the joys of my career.
I am honored to have won the award for best design four times at the annual VISART Craft and Design Show. And to my clients, I cannot thank you enough for your friendship, patronage, inspiration and referrals over the last 27 years and counting!