I design and hand-make all of my jewelry with regard to comfort and wearability, as well as unique ways to set gems and pearls while catching the light. Since everything is hand fabricated by me (no casting or outsourcing), I'm able to explore different types of designs ranging from industrial styles that combine geometry and precision including kinetic rivet set gems and pearls, to more organic forms born from hammers and fire and their relation to the nature of the material. There's a balance of natural and architectural elements in each piece, with each design influencing the next, creating a cohesive collection between the various styles. Wearability is an important factor in my designs. I want you to be able to enjoy your jewels without worrying about bits catching on fabric or hair. I often go for lighter weight designs so they're comfortable for all day wear, especially earrings! Longevity is also considered, which is one reason why I only use solid metals or wood. I always harden metals so they shouldn't dent if you accidentally drop them on the bathroom floor, and often protect the gems with their settings. I want you to be able to enjoy your jewelry for long enough to pass it on to the next generation.
One benefit of shopping with an independent jewelry designer is that you can easily customize! Please feel free to contact me with any special requests. You can rest assured with guaranteed quality. Everything is hand-fabricated by me, this means that every step of the creation of your jewelry has individual attention to detail, ensuring a quality product that can be loved for a lifetime.
I've always been aware of the effect people have had on the environment. Many aspects of the conventional jewelry industry are horrible for our planet, creating chemical waste, ruining rivers and ecosystems with mining and using lots of energy. This is why I only use sustainable or ethical suppliers. The Ebony wood I use comes from Lacey-Act compliant mills. New ebony trees are planted for future generations, and the farmers get benefits such as fruit trees, so they have a better life. Metals are always recycled, plus I keep my scrap for use in other projects, reducing the material sent back to be refined. I use natural cultured pearls, the oysters and mussels that make them only thrive in clean waters, plus they clean their environment leaving it even nicer than before. I never drill through pearls and glue them, like most pearl jewelry you'll find. These are left untouched, which also makes them easier to clean and less likely to chip. Lab-grown gems are much better for the environment than mining, and in the instance I do use natural mined stones they are sourced ethically, often directly from the gem cutter.
I've always felt that pearls were beautiful, but misrepresented in generic findings and wanted to create a piece of jewelry that showcases their beauty without marring them with drill holes or glue. And thus the Rivet collection was born! This collection's innovative approach strives to take jewelry design beyond the confines of what is considered "fine jewelry" to create beautiful, unique pieces which stand the test of time without conforming to traditional standards. Most designs are kinetic, with the pearls or stones moving within as you go about your day.
Each piece of jewelry is unique, with hand-fabricated units meticulously fitted together with hand-forged rivets. Many jewelers don't use rivets or other hand-fabrication methods since it requires much more labor than casting. The result is a sturdy yet light-weight piece of jewelry made of quality materials that can be passed down to the next generation.