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When my beloved grandmother passed at age 100, I inherited her treasure trove of jewelry. A lifetime of gorgeous adornments lay hidden in her bureau drawers and by bringing them out into the light of day, I discovered that she clearly had many years of fun and frolic, long before I or my mother were born. It was a revelation to discover that my old-world, cookie baking grandmother had a past in which she ventured out in gleaming emerald Czech glass rhinestones, luscious pearl and rhinestone chandelier earrings and ornately beaded wrist finery.

I marvelled and cradled these stunning pieces until one day I realized that I wasn't really wearing them. Some were not so fashionable anymore and some had truly seen better days. So I gingerly began to take them apart with my little pliers and re-fashion them into more modern and wearable arrangements. Vo…

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  • Born on January 3
  • Joined October 5, 2008

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When my beloved grandmother passed at age 100, I inherited her treasure trove of jewelry. A lifetime of gorgeous adornments lay hidden in her bureau drawers and by bringing them out into the light of day, I discovered that she clearly had many years of fun and frolic, long before I or my mother were born. It was a revelation to discover that my old-world, cookie baking grandmother had a past in which she ventured out in gleaming emerald Czech glass rhinestones, luscious pearl and rhinestone chandelier earrings and ornately beaded wrist finery.

I marvelled and cradled these stunning pieces until one day I realized that I wasn't really wearing them. Some were not so fashionable anymore and some had truly seen better days. So I gingerly began to take them apart with my little pliers and re-fashion them into more modern and wearable arrangements. Voila! My love of sparkly, yet everyday accessories was revealed and I began making all sorts of pieces out of my dear grandmother's (sentimentally) precious sparklies. Soon I added my own elements to the mix and the result is what you see in my shop. I adore vintage beads and findings, for I know that they once belonged to a young spirited girl like my own grandmother. My grandmother's original beads and elements have gone on to live again in many new pieces, and mostly all of my creations are now from newer materials. But my grandmother's long forgotten love of the sparkle lives on in every new piece I create. It brings me great pleasure to revive this delight in every woman who is drawn to colorful jewelry.

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