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I am a bit of a gemstone addict-- I love quality stones of all kinds, and I have always loved designing and making things, so making jewelry is a bit of a natural for me. I began buying stones and combining them for strands and earrings when I was still in college. More recently I have studied (and am continuing to study) metalsmithing, and I have just set up a home studio where I can cut and solder and form and cast. I also have certification in silver metal clay, and a kiln for silver clay in my studio.

My shop contains quality original designs for people who care about genuine stones and handcrafted work that is meant to last a lifetime. All my earring use gold filler or sterling silver wires, so you never have to worry about a reaction. I feature a variety of types, from gemstone strands to set stones and formed metal, in styles from rich and feminine to modern and…

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  • Female
  • Joined February 10, 2012

Favorite materials

keshi pearls, moonstones, chrome diopside, peridot, malachite, turquoise, jasper, sustainably harvested corals, tourmaline, apatite, amethyst, topaz, reticulated silver

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About

I am a bit of a gemstone addict-- I love quality stones of all kinds, and I have always loved designing and making things, so making jewelry is a bit of a natural for me. I began buying stones and combining them for strands and earrings when I was still in college. More recently I have studied (and am continuing to study) metalsmithing, and I have just set up a home studio where I can cut and solder and form and cast. I also have certification in silver metal clay, and a kiln for silver clay in my studio.

My shop contains quality original designs for people who care about genuine stones and handcrafted work that is meant to last a lifetime. All my earring use gold filler or sterling silver wires, so you never have to worry about a reaction. I feature a variety of types, from gemstone strands to set stones and formed metal, in styles from rich and feminine to modern and minimalist. I am slowly moving toward more metalwork and bezeled stones, which is becoming a real passion.

I am very careful about the stones I buy-- there are so many fakes flooding the market, and so many deceptive descriptions (no, "gold" is not a "color" of metal, "pearl" should come from a real oyster, and "diamond" does not mean "any clear shiny thing." And, turquoise and malachite should be made of actual stones, not "reconsituted" from powder mixed with resin-- a common practice today). As a gemstone lover I want to work only with the real thing, so I go to lengths to assure that the stones in my design are genuine, and where possible natural. In the rare cases where I incorporate something else for design purposes, I state it clearly and upfront. I never use plated metals or nickel silver-- sterling and fine silver and gold fill are the norm, though I use copper and brass as design elements in some pieces (always labelled).

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