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My passion is creating jewelry as wearable art by combining natural, ethnic, antique and contemporary elements. Each piece is one-of-a-kind, truly unique. The study of beads has given me an understanding of the impact of hundreds of years of trade among cultures - along the Silk Road in Asia, trade beads sent to Africa from Bohemia, or by ships blown by the tradewinds between continents.

Over the years, I, too, have been blown by the tradewinds, living, working (teaching) and traveling abroad including a summer in Europe during college; two years in the Peace Corps in the Philippines, followed by six months of traveling throughout Asia; a month-long trip across North Africa in a Land Rover; seven years in Canada (while married to a Canadian); several trips throughout most of Europe; a cruise around southern South America; a year-and-a-half working in Iran (ah, the beauty and…

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  • Female
  • Born on October 8
  • Joined October 20, 2009

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ethnic components, Asian materials, natural stones, gemstones, silver, gold vermeil which is sterling silver with a long lasting heavy gold coating, jade, ivory, coral, turquoise, lapis, pearls and touches of whimsey

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About

My passion is creating jewelry as wearable art by combining natural, ethnic, antique and contemporary elements. Each piece is one-of-a-kind, truly unique. The study of beads has given me an understanding of the impact of hundreds of years of trade among cultures - along the Silk Road in Asia, trade beads sent to Africa from Bohemia, or by ships blown by the tradewinds between continents.

Over the years, I, too, have been blown by the tradewinds, living, working (teaching) and traveling abroad including a summer in Europe during college; two years in the Peace Corps in the Philippines, followed by six months of traveling throughout Asia; a month-long trip across North Africa in a Land Rover; seven years in Canada (while married to a Canadian); several trips throughout most of Europe; a cruise around southern South America; a year-and-a-half working in Iran (ah, the beauty and sensuality of Persian culture!), traveling in the Middle East and Russia; several trips in Mexico and the Caribbean; and three years working in Japan which included extensive travel throughout fabulous Asia again. All these cultures made indelible impressions that you will see reflected in my jewelry.

Returning to the States, I completed an MBA and ran my own business in Boston for nine years – personal image consulting and a women’s clothing store specializing in beautiful handcrafted accessories. I honed my business skills and learned much about style, color, line, scale and texture, all elements of design.

Prior to my move to the San Diego area, I lived in the San Francisco Bay area where I worked for 12 years as a development director (fundraising) for several nonprofits including a famous ballet company, a French-American School, and a well-known Buddhist meditation retreat center. Surrounded by the spirituality of Buddhism for five years made a lasting impression. During my last few years in the Bay Area, I began taking jewelry classes and making jewelry - and the passion began.

My jewelry has appeared in galleries, boutiques and several museum gift shops including the San Diego Museum of Art and Mingei International Museum. Over the past 9 years, I have received very positive feedback from my customers, at art shows, and now on Etsy. The uniqueness of my jewelry designs and the wonderful cultural components I choose will add a real flair to your look and make you feel very special.

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