- 10 Ruminations
Traditional art is a singular communication between the artist and the viewer. But jewelry is not art on the wall, nor is it meant to be. Instead, it succinctly communicates how the wearer wants to be perceived by the world.
Fine jewelry is, to its owner, a treasure that represents deeply personal moments in our individual histories. The rings I craft can signify love and commitment between people that I’ve never known. It is an honor to me to be a part of that moment, that commitment, that memory. As a child I had a fascination with jewelry. I was hypnotized by it. I used to chew on it before I even had teeth. My grandmother asserts to this day that her large aquamarine ring was my first teething “ring”. As I grew older, I made jewelry in any medium available. I learned beading, wire wrapping, even leather tooling. As the raw and powerful need to create grew, the medium became clearer. Working in glass as an adult, my ideas again inevitably turned to jewelry- making pendants, hair accessories, and even glass chains. That eventually gave way to work with precious metals and gemstones. To me, each piece has represented something completely different, yet equally personal. With each piece I made, in every medium I’ve worked in, one theme persisted… Jewelry.
Every piece says as much about me as it does about the wearer. There is no bigger compliment or responsibility than someone choosing my designs to communicate who they are.