From South Korea it's just two hours by air to Beijing, China. In Beijing I was introduced to all the wonderfully affordable and lustrous pearls available there. As an artist, my eyes were opened to the limitless jewelry design possibilities of pearls and natural gemstones.
Once I returned to South Korea, I learned the art of stringing pearls in the classic style. I was also able to purchase gemstone beads and quality findings at the historic Dongdaemun Market in Seoul. A family trip to the "lost temples in the jungle" at Siem Reap, Cambodia (Angkor) offered further inspiration. At first I just made designs for myself, but when my pieces started selling right off my neck, a business was born!
We have now moved back to the States, but I have retained my contacts in Asia which allow me to purchase superior quality materials at great prices and pass those savings on to my customers. Now that I've been designing jewelry a while, I am branching out learning new techniques and working with new materials.
My design philosophy is that the Creator is the ultimate artist. I am inspired by the luster of pearls and endlessly fascinated by natural gemstones and metals. I feel there is no need for fussy, trendy designs that tend to obscure what is naturally so magnificent. My designs focus on the materials and what looks flattering on the wonderful women who wear them. My practical nature insures that my pieces actually work and will last through years of wear.