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My Other etsy shop
http://www.AndesCruzSurplus.etsy.com

Where it began....
I was born with art in my heart... and rocks in my pockets. I come by it naturally you see, always stashing away pockets full of "pretty rocks" from the time of being a small girl. You see, I was a bit more of a tomboy, rather climbing hillsides, looking for colourful stones, than playing with dolls.

As a young girl, my first jewellery venture began well over 20 years ago, selling copper wire wrapped quartz crystals on beaded chains, in a consignment shop in Calgary....

From there.... I made big strides. Taking courses in Silversmithing at the Taos Institute of Art, followed by a 2 year apprenticeship with a renowned goldsmith, teacher, and entrepreneur of the field…

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  • Female
  • Born on February 10
  • Joined July 23, 2007

Favorite materials

silver, stone, copper, enamel

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About

My Other etsy shop
http://www.AndesCruzSurplus.etsy.com

Where it began....
I was born with art in my heart... and rocks in my pockets. I come by it naturally you see, always stashing away pockets full of "pretty rocks" from the time of being a small girl. You see, I was a bit more of a tomboy, rather climbing hillsides, looking for colourful stones, than playing with dolls.

As a young girl, my first jewellery venture began well over 20 years ago, selling copper wire wrapped quartz crystals on beaded chains, in a consignment shop in Calgary....

From there.... I made big strides. Taking courses in Silversmithing at the Taos Institute of Art, followed by a 2 year apprenticeship with a renowned goldsmith, teacher, and entrepreneur of the field.

All the while developing my eye for what works, what pleases, and gaining the skills and know-how in the real world to put the things together, in a way that not only made sense, but to hand craft with as much integrity and attention to creating things to be as well made as possible.

Somewhere between then and now, I attended the well known and respected Revere Academy of Jewellery Arts, and gained a Bench Technician Diploma.

Which leads me to now. Still learning. Still exploring. Still striving to create each thing new, interesting and as well made as possible.

I have a passion for stones, and cut my own when I can. And I love the luster of Sterling silver, though I have the ability and tools to work on many other metals.

.... thanks for joining me on this journey. I'm just a gal, with a torch, some hammers, and the strong desire to create the greatest things. I hope you'll love having them in your collections, as much as I have enjoyed creating them.

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