I can distinctly remember the first time I knew that I wanted to create jewelry. Cleaning out a bag of old fabric scraps, I dropped one piece behind a crystal lamp and suddenly, seen through the lamp, the colors in the fabric took on a new dimension. I knew that I had to find the right gemstones that would transfer the colors in that fabric to a sparkling necklace.

I cannot remember a time when color, design and creating were not a part of my life. It started when I was a little girl, drawing, coloring and cutting out clothes for my paper dolls. It continued when I was about 10 years old and my mother taught me basic sewing techniques and when, as a teenager, I studied French couturier finishing techniques with a neighbor who had once worked for the House of Chanel. I have spent many years designing and creating my own clothes, as well as wedding dresses and other special occasion attire for others. Each step along the way has contributed to my high level of expertise, and led to what feels like the logical next step: jewelry design.

My personal and professional interests have always been varied. My professional life has mostly centered on organizations going through periods of transition, primarily in the areas of education and/or the arts. I did, however, spend two glorious years as manager of Minata, Inc., a high-end designer jewelry store, and began studying the Gemological Institute of America’s courses.

During my “free time” on any given day you might find me outdoors walking or riding my bike or chasing a little white ball around a golf course. I might be indoors reading or sewing or cooking, undoubtedly singing along to music playing in the background. In fact, my musical training also contributes to the beauty of my necklaces through the harmonious melding of color and design.