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I was a professional portrait painter and gallery owner in Chicago. I loved doing that, but moving to a different region of the country meant virtually beginning again to build that business. I kind of felt like a new start called for a fresh start. I've gone through "phases" of stained glass, raku pottery, sculpture, weaving, elaborate embroidery and lace making, but I was kept enrapt by the varied methods of personal decoration. (I even have a secret desire to get a tattoo, but I'd have to have it under my hair or my European husband would have a simple fit. Shhhh!) I made a serious study of ethnic jewelry techniques over many years and began some time ago to dabble in bead stringing. Needing an outlet, I turned again to jewelry making, expanding my early learning to include wire wrapping, silversmithing, enameling with my kiln, and now chasing and repousse. It's an exploration of shape, color, texture, proportion, even weight and…

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  • Female
  • Born on December 10
  • Joined September 14, 2008

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vermeil, silver, pearls, topaz, garnet, apatite, amethyst, citrine, antiques, and any really interesting surprise finds

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About

I was a professional portrait painter and gallery owner in Chicago. I loved doing that, but moving to a different region of the country meant virtually beginning again to build that business. I kind of felt like a new start called for a fresh start. I've gone through "phases" of stained glass, raku pottery, sculpture, weaving, elaborate embroidery and lace making, but I was kept enrapt by the varied methods of personal decoration. (I even have a secret desire to get a tattoo, but I'd have to have it under my hair or my European husband would have a simple fit. Shhhh!) I made a serious study of ethnic jewelry techniques over many years and began some time ago to dabble in bead stringing. Needing an outlet, I turned again to jewelry making, expanding my early learning to include wire wrapping, silversmithing, enameling with my kiln, and now chasing and repousse. It's an exploration of shape, color, texture, proportion, even weight and size. To me jewelry is personal sculpture, and as I expand my exploration I can tell a story through each piece. I think my art history background and my love of antiques have informed my choices toward more romantic jewelry. I find minimal and architectural jewelry beautiful, but somehow my own designs are always more "rococo". My love of nature and the flora I find so beautiful is always a strong influence on my theme and color choices.

Each beautiful piece of jewelry is designed and carefully handmade by me and has a story to tell. Every piece is an original one-of-a-kind art object; you won’t see another. Extra care is taken to wrap all wire smoothly, and finish undersides beautifully, for your comfort. Each stone is hand selected for its quality, personality and color. Every shipment is made “on approval” assuring you will love your purchase from jbEbert. (Please review my return policies) Shipments within the U.S. are USPS Priority, tracked and insured at NO extra cost. (Outside the US will be charged an up charge and insured where available). Sixty and ninety-day layaway is available at no additional cost. All jewelry remains under our lifetime repair plan – love it, wear it, wear it out, return it for repair at material cost + shipping.

Five percent of every sale is donated to Heifer International (www.heifer.com). I had been looking for some time, for an avenue to "pay back" the good fortune in my life (and there has been plenty). Now, I frankly don't know how to start a movement combining jewelry and uplifting the lives of economically stressed people. They don't need earrings. What I had to do was find the best vehicle for enabling my idea, and my choice became Heifer International. Heifer projects around the world help families achieve self-reliance through the gift of livestock and training. To quote them, “Gifts are passed from recipient to recipient until entire communities are transformed". I'm not a very political person; not an activist, not a marcher. But I don't want to send my step-sons or their children to fight anywhere, and I believe well-fed, productive people of any culture and religion cherish peace. So, Heifer is my choice. 5% of the purchase price (not profits, but the whole purchase amount less tax) of any piece of my jewelry sold will be donated to this good cause. You might ask if I'm raising my prices to cover this cost, and the answer is no. This will be coming from me. My life has been blessed, and it's the least I can do.

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