“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.”
I was lucky to have been born in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where I was surrounded by the Blue Ridge, Appalachian and Massanutten mountains and ensconced in a verdant valley. This was a place of perpetual and amazing beauty. My father was a painter and my mother was an opera singer so I was also fortunate to be raised with the belief that art and its inherent beauty were an essential part of life.
I attended the University of Delaware for a degree in fine arts with a minor in fashion design. I later attended Delaware College of Art and Design to study illustration and graphic design.
After college I moved through a variety of jobs that helped to build a unique skill set and enhance my life in surprising ways. I worked at a parachute supply company and took up skydiving. I held a job where I learned the art of making high end reproduction porcelain dolls. I finally landed in the corporate job arena which taught me a vast wealth of business and management skills, however, it taught me a much greater lesson; if you do not truly care about your customers and your employees you will constantly disappoint and ultimately fail both.
I did not begin to devote my time and efforts to living as an artist until I made the decision to leave the corporate world and take the risk of finding my passion and higher purpose. I feel strongly that I was given the gift of artistic talent for a reason and that was the only way I would ever build a life that gave me happiness and joy and just as importantly give that back as much as possible.
To me it seems that I stumbled into the world of costume jewelry but most likely I was led there purposely as it is where I finally found an art form that ignited my spirit and made me feel compelled to create. I have spent many years studying jewelry from its origins to present day and learning to make and repair all types of jewelry. I love the world of costume jewelry, perhaps more than fine jewelry, because it is available to so many people no matter what their walk of life. I have also learned that it was and can continue to be created with the highest level of artistry and design and equal fine jewelry in its beauty.
In building my company I have worked diligently to create a new model of employment. I hire exclusively those who need and deserve a second chance to rebuild lives that have been damaged by bad circumstances, violence and other forms of abuse. I encourage input from everyone in the shop and I strive to create an environment and a schedule that supports and promotes a healthy work life balance. I firmly believe in the motto “If you do what you love you will never work a day in your life”.
When you buy or receive repair services from my shop please know that love, kindness and joy are extended to you with every piece of jewelry you receive.