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A former hospital executive for 24 years, I suffered a brain injury that left me near death and unable to move or speak. After months of hospitalization and therapy, I began regaining use of my hands by threading noodles on string. From there I began stringing wood beads on wire and then discovered gemstone beads. After a year of rehabilitation, I returned home, with Parkinson's and 22 medications a day. While my career, health and financial security was lost, I discovered the soothing and healing properties of Gemz. I studied everything I could find about their healing properties. I collected beads and began making healing jewelry. My first piece was a bracelet with all the gems I could find to aid me in regaining my speech, ability to walk, easing my depression and other such residual effects of my injury. I felt it gave me peace and encouragement. Friends began asking for pieces for themselves. I became obsessed with gems and…

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  • Female
  • Born on April 20
  • Joined January 31, 2010

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Gemz, Sterling Silver, Gold, Wire Working, Metal Works

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A former hospital executive for 24 years, I suffered a brain injury that left me near death and unable to move or speak. After months of hospitalization and therapy, I began regaining use of my hands by threading noodles on string. From there I began stringing wood beads on wire and then discovered gemstone beads. After a year of rehabilitation, I returned home, with Parkinson's and 22 medications a day. While my career, health and financial security was lost, I discovered the soothing and healing properties of Gemz. I studied everything I could find about their healing properties. I collected beads and began making healing jewelry. My first piece was a bracelet with all the gems I could find to aid me in regaining my speech, ability to walk, easing my depression and other such residual effects of my injury. I felt it gave me peace and encouragement. Friends began asking for pieces for themselves. I became obsessed with gems and creating, learning and sharing. Some days I can only get up the courage to face my new challenges by holding and meditating on my special and favorite Gemz. As my craft improved, I was encouraged to share my designs. Each piece was made with a purpose at heart and with all the knowledge I gleaned from my studies.

My caretaker took me to India where I was in awe of the Gemstones and the spiritual nature of the culture. Friends have brought me specially requested beads from Brazil, China and states in America. All of my Gemz are hand chosen and graded. I ONLY use precious metals and quality findings. Much of my long term memory is gone, but I remember each piece I make, what I was thinking and what type of person would adorn it. With each piece that is purchased, a piece of my heart goes with it.

Last year, while still marveling at the creative juices that were awakened by the dead parts of my brain, I wrote a short book on my journey and what I call the Silver Lining of my tragedy. My Silver Lining is Paved with Gems is available in my store and was the inspiration for my shop name.

While to this day, I can barely write a few sentences before my Parkinson's renders it useless, I am able to create beautiful jewelry from Mother Nature's Gemz. I have witnessed several times the power of Gemz and am a firm believer of the mystical properties they possess.

I rounded out my self teaching by enrolling in the disabled tract at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and am a graduate of Diamonds and Colored Stones. I have taught children the art of making simple jewelry designs and am gratified by donating my time and my spare beads with the reward of their accomplishment and wonder.

Not being one to wallow in self pity (although, I DO have my days) I am joyful for the discoveries disability has afforded me. While in the hospital, physician after physician came by all telling me that by all intent and purposes, I should have died. I remember wondering why I had been spared. Sometime I think it's so that I can share the beauty that my tragedy has shown me to others and to encourage them to never give up hope. The world has too much beauty to offer.

Thank you for looking at my jewelry and i hope you find something for your self or someone who need encouragement in good times and difficult situations. My hope is that you find peace and clarity. Best, Donna

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