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I have always been obsessed with gemology, the earth, and how minerals grow and transform. After bouncing around for years in my early twenties, I finally went back to school for art.

I worked a 9-6 job here at the beach for 5 years. I called it my summer job gone terribly, terribly wrong. When I finally decided to quit, I told myself that all I needed to do was sell enough of my yarn, glass, jewelry, etc to add up to what I earned working there, but I was scared.

After a few months of spiraling into poverty, I made and listed a ring that I had had in my mind for years- made to order. It was a tiny faceted stone on a thin and delicate looking gold filled band. I had always disliked gold jewelry, but it began to grow on me in small doses. I wanted to make a thin stack ring that would make gold lovely again to people like myself- people who didn't really like…

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  • Female
  • Born on February 5
  • Joined July 5, 2009

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glass, metal, fibers, minerals, and once living things

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I have always been obsessed with gemology, the earth, and how minerals grow and transform. After bouncing around for years in my early twenties, I finally went back to school for art.

I worked a 9-6 job here at the beach for 5 years. I called it my summer job gone terribly, terribly wrong. When I finally decided to quit, I told myself that all I needed to do was sell enough of my yarn, glass, jewelry, etc to add up to what I earned working there, but I was scared.

After a few months of spiraling into poverty, I made and listed a ring that I had had in my mind for years- made to order. It was a tiny faceted stone on a thin and delicate looking gold filled band. I had always disliked gold jewelry, but it began to grow on me in small doses. I wanted to make a thin stack ring that would make gold lovely again to people like myself- people who didn't really like gold.

On a trip to Florida, it sold. I renewed it. It sold again.
So began my journey into making stack rings. Designing them is as addictive as buying and wearing them! I have countless ideas for new pieces that never get made as I can barely keep up with orders. This is something I'm currently working to fix!

As most artists will tell you, I have always been an artist... but until I began earning my advanced metals certificate, I did not fully understand the meaning of "I can do whatever I want." It truly came as an epiphine to me- that if I only took a class or read or watched videos, I could really learn to do anything- nothing is outside of my grasp!

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