Sophisticated yet friendly

Luxury without pretense

Hip but not trendy

Designer jewelry that is powerful and rare

Women of the Gold Rush Part 2

A jewelry designers hunt

for the Extraordinary Women of history

who through their courage, empowered women of the future

to have opportunity, justice, education, equal rights

and a better life to hand to their children.

I tell their important life stories with what I know, jewelry design.

Where did this idea come from?

Continued from Part 1

I’m not sure there are words I can put on paper to translate the feelings I had as I pulled into Frisco, Colorado last January. Elation mixed with the melancholy of relief. Like taking your first deep inhale after holding your breath. Like the long embrace of an old friend who needs no words to comfort you. These mountains are like that for me and driving while feeling these powerful feelings was not possible-so I pulled over. Cried. Laughed. Talked with Wilder. And took a picture.  As I said–this sequence was about to become habit.

My friends who had offered me a room in their home for three months,were not home yet so I parked and wandered around town by foot. The laundromat I would use was the same one I used many years ago and that made me smile. I… Continue reading

Women of the Gold Rush Part 1

A jewelry designers hunt

for the Extraordinary Women of history

who through their courage, empowered women of the future

to have opportunity, justice, education, equal rights

and a better life to hand to their children.

I tell their important life stories with what I know, jewelry design.

Where did this idea come from?

This unexpected question about my new inspiration; designing a jewelry collection for extraordinary women of history, has been posed to me dozens of times. Answering it seemed a good way to begin this new blog.

It came out of loss. The loss of my son Wilder devastated my creativity and passion for my work. Grief is a thing that takes the place of every waking and most sleeping moments. Nothing seems to have value or interest anymore-not relationships, not daily life and most certainly not my career of designing jewelry. It was like the very color of my world was suddenly gone and everything was fading into a haze. Unimportant, Insignificant, Small.

No words by friends or family could ease my ache so in February of 2015, as if the city literally spit me out, I drove all night to Colorado see if the the mountains had… Continue reading