This is my corner table,and where all the rings are set and finished. We have been renovating the studio,but had to stop because this time of year gets too crazy to be under construction. It seems like it takes forever to finish it–I mean REALLY finish it. {Still have shelving to make and install and a bit of painting to do} Once we are done, I will post more pictures so you can see the rest of the jewelry studio.




stardust and the big bang


periodic_table_of_elementsI love the Periodic Table of Elements! I keep this chart where I work to remind me of the origin of the materials I work with. Noble metals are primordial,meaning they existed and formed before the earth formed, from cosmic events such as Supernovas. Gold {Au} is my favorite metal to work with,not only for its beauty but for how malleable it is. Gold doesn’t tarnish as other metals do, conducts electricity well, and is impervious to all chemicals except Mercury and Aqua Regia. We only use recycled precious metals, as most jewelers do, so in this way,gold keeps getting found, formed, melted, worked and re-worked all the while looking amazing! So, here is to you, Gold and all the other beautiful metals out there that we all wear to adorn ourselves and make life a bit more beautiful!  We all need a bit of stardust in our lives!

Tucson gem and mineral show

I went to the Gem and mineral Show in Tucson,and it as always it was inspiring on so many levels. Part of the show is to the trade only, but all over the city there are pop-up vendors with their gem and mineral specimens. I love the hunt for stones, and being around the people who dig for them makes for great conversation. The earth holds many treasures, and the fact that humans have been digging up minerals and gems, polishing them and wearing them for thousands of years inspires me. Included in this photo are: malachite,cavansite,calcium,rutile and senelite .

the wonder of

the wonder of minerals

Things that make me happy

searching for stones,the process of getting lost in designing,music,Japanes washi tape,Tord Boontje,the artist Tim Hawkinson,Walker Evans,Bruce Davidson “Subway” photos,wallpaper, Victorian hair combs,being charmed,humble people at the top of their game,hammered 22k gold,marcona almonds,cork trees,cooking food for people I love….images-2 images-1

Peace, Love and Rosendale

A couple of years ago, the film “Peace, Love and Misunderstanding” shot for over a week in our little town of Rosendale. Jane Fonda went mostly unnoticed by the twenty-somethings, but it was fun to see them all in their hippie finery. The whole town was an extra, basically, and our building where all the jewelry is made was in  a prominent shot! So, when and if you watch it, just look out for our little town by the river! {Oh and as fate would have it, Catherine Keener , who is a lead in this film was here, and years ago she wore our designs exclusively in “40 Year-Old Virgin”}