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The designers of Silver Sage Arts are mother-daughter artists Donna Hoyt and Pam Nayden.

Pam earned a degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Jewelry Design at Towson University.

When I was seven years old, I was briefly hospitalized with pneumonia. To keep me occupied, my mom bought me a kit containing a bead loom and an assortment of seed beads. I promptly set to work making bracelets for all the nurses (and quite a few for myself.) And so, the joy of what has become a life-long passion for collecting beads and creating beaded jewelry began. I progressed from stringing and weaving those early seed bead bracelets and rings to macrame necklaces strung with African trade beads. ( It was the early seventies after all.) Then, in high school I bought a spool of brass wire from the local hardware store and began to design wire-work earrings. Once I perfected…

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The designers of Silver Sage Arts are mother-daughter artists Donna Hoyt and Pam Nayden.

Pam earned a degree in Fine Arts with a concentration in Jewelry Design at Towson University.

When I was seven years old, I was briefly hospitalized with pneumonia. To keep me occupied, my mom bought me a kit containing a bead loom and an assortment of seed beads. I promptly set to work making bracelets for all the nurses (and quite a few for myself.) And so, the joy of what has become a life-long passion for collecting beads and creating beaded jewelry began. I progressed from stringing and weaving those early seed bead bracelets and rings to macrame necklaces strung with African trade beads. ( It was the early seventies after all.) Then, in high school I bought a spool of brass wire from the local hardware store and began to design wire-work earrings. Once I perfected my technique, I started working with silver wire and began selling my creations at local craft fairs.

I majored in Art in college and took classes in jewelry design, enameling, and silversmithing. My first love, however, has always been BEADS. The search for new beads is as big a thrill for me as the creation of the jewelry. Over the years, the collection has grown from those first tiny glass seed beads stored in an egg carton when I was a child, to a studio space filled with boxes and trays of gemstones, glass, wood, bone, shell, ceramic, and metal beads and findings for our Silver Sage Arts collection. Having my amazing mother join me in this endeavor has made it all the sweeter. We work so well together, not surprising I guess, since I was lucky enough to inherit both her taste and artistic talent. ~ Pam

Donna studied art at the Maryland Art Institute.

When I retired in 2002 and moved to Florida near Pam, she taught me the art of jewelry design and construction, and I continue to learn from her every day. I have a passion for natural gemstones and enjoy researching their healing properties. We often pass this information on to you within the jewelry description.

Two years ago I traveled to New Mexico and Arizona. Talk about inspiration! I returned home with many gemstones and sterling silver findings to add to our collection. I also love finding vintage pieces along the way to work into a new design. ~ Donna

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