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Born in a small country in the Persian Gulf where jewelry is heralded as an important tradition, my earliest memories involve poking around dusty antique shops and doing extra chores to earn gold oil lamp charms and bedouin bracelets for my jewelry box. It wasn't until I moved to Japan that I began experimenting with making pieces. I stumbled upon a bead shop in Harajuku and returned home with a bag of chains, head pins and crystals. It was definitely a do-it-yourself affair and I was employing spoons, scissors and random tools in making my earlier pieces. Soon after, I moved to rural western Maryland and spent many hours in a jewelry supply store, upgrading my tools and gleaning various techniques from the very patient staff.

Both my Middle Eastern and American heritage are manifested in my pieces. I get so much pleasure making elaborate statement pieces- yet, I adore a…

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  • Female
  • Born on September 21
  • Joined June 19, 2009

Favorite materials

labradorite, sterling silver, vintage paper, quartz, pearls, sapphires, antique Ethiopian trading beads, moonstone, carnelian, jade, amethyst, apatite

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Born in a small country in the Persian Gulf where jewelry is heralded as an important tradition, my earliest memories involve poking around dusty antique shops and doing extra chores to earn gold oil lamp charms and bedouin bracelets for my jewelry box. It wasn't until I moved to Japan that I began experimenting with making pieces. I stumbled upon a bead shop in Harajuku and returned home with a bag of chains, head pins and crystals. It was definitely a do-it-yourself affair and I was employing spoons, scissors and random tools in making my earlier pieces. Soon after, I moved to rural western Maryland and spent many hours in a jewelry supply store, upgrading my tools and gleaning various techniques from the very patient staff.

Both my Middle Eastern and American heritage are manifested in my pieces. I get so much pleasure making elaborate statement pieces- yet, I adore a strand of pearls and the uniquely American way of putting an irreverent twist on classics. My years in Japan has definitely tempered my aesthetic. The off symmetry and organic compositions used in the flower arranging classes I took has definitely disciplined me creatively. I try to acknowledge these ideas in my jewelry, oxidizing metals, using antique papers set in resin, using vintage and found objects, etc... so the pieces have an intimate and ephemeral quality.

Past features:
*http://nicholeheady.typepad.com/capture_the_moment/2011/08/introducing-harvest-berries-modern-wood-mats-bb-houndstooth-autumn-acorns.html
*http://trulynoted.blogspot.com/2011/04/etsy-crush-mystery-manners.html
*http://www.weddings.banquetevent.com/blog/2010/4/28/get-inspired-with-a-wink-and-a-smile.html
*www.etsy.com/storque/spotlight/etsy-finds-undiscovered-territory-7240/
*http://ulixis.blogspot.com/2010/03/item-of-day-bellatrix.html
*http://www.ohhellofriendblog.com/2010/06/2010-summer-trade-guide.html

I also keep company with some very talented people:
proteales.etsy.com / designbyjen.etsy.com

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