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Highland Park, Illinois,
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Ruth Ann Kalish, naturally a Leo, conceived of Lioness Creation in 1988 when on a trip to Kenya and Tanzania with daughter Deborah. Purchasing African Trade Beads, with little plan in mind, but knowing they were exquisite, Ruth Ann returned home to Chicago with a large duffle filled with beads. A year later, while in London and Chester, England on an antique buying trip snapping up antique sterling silver charms and such, the cache increased. There have been trips to Thailand, Nepal, Tibet, Bali, China, Japan, Egypt, Jordan, Alaska, Israel, Peru, Ecuador, Morocco, Russia and more and more, each with the hunt for beautiful stones, beads, antiques to adorn the jewelry Ruth Ann began to design. For twenty years the Lioness has been drawing inspiration from her far-flung travels, Ruth incorporates into each piece objects with historical or spiritual significance. Carved mammoth ivories from Alaska, antique scarabs from Egypt, and African trade beads grace her exotic necklaces, bracelets, earrings and belts. Eighteenth century netsukes and Inros from Japan add meaning to her versatile lariat necklace/belts. Every piece is ONE-OF-A-KIND, every antique or spiritual adornment is yours and yours alone.

This sense of adventure is a hallmark of Ruth Ann Kalish’s life. In addition to being a jewelry artist, she is also a painter, sculptor, writer, and play producer. She was CEO of an international management and consulting firm and continues to consult on business strategy for companies around the world. Ruth Ann is a resident of Highland Park, Illinois and Hillsboro Beach, Florida and has shown her work in galleries, museums and specialty shops on Martha’s Vineyard and in South Florida.