Q What is your favorite thing about your craft?
A I enjoy the whole jewelry process through its entirety. “Do what you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” From the first sketches of the piece to the wax carving, onto casting it into metal — then finishing out the rough casting to a wearable piece of jewelry that someone will treasure.
Q Can you tell us a little bit about the line that will be showcased during Fashion Week?
A The jewelry that will be showing during Fashion Week is set in sterling silver with quartz, topaz, peridot, citrines for the everyday jewelry. I also will be showing higher-end gold and platinum diamond bridal jewelry and right hand rings. I wanted to showcase that no matter the budget — anyone can afford a custom piece of jewelry.
Q What type of person wears your jewelry? Do you design jewelry for men too?
A I’ve designed and made jewelry for infants to grandparents to wear. The jewelry I design can be worn by everyone, young and old. People have so many different kinds of tastes that “the beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” I do design jewelry for men. Believe it or not, but men are much more difficult to design for then women. Most of the time if it’s “something shiny” women like it. On the other hand, men usually only wear a couple pieces of jewelry, if any at all.
Q How do you envision your business and jewelry line evolving in the next year?
A In the next year I see my business growing with the design of my new website and networking with other local businesses. I am also going back to school to learn the art of hand engraving this summer. This will play a huge part in my future designs. I will start to use more hand engraving on designs to give a very detailed and elegant look on every piece.
Q What has been your favorite thing about Fashion Week so far?
A Fashion Week has been a great experience as a whole. Meeting everyone and having a network with other local designers and businesses that share the same aspirations in design and fashion. This is a great thing to happen to this area. It lets people know that there are designers and businesses in their backyards — whom they may have never otherwise heard of. I think it is an amazing event for the community and look forward to participating in the years to come.