Sometime last year I bought these three beautiful tourmaline cabochons. I was drawn to their watery blue-green hues, the way they bounced light back out, and their simple shapes. I had no clue about what designs I'd create for them: That would come later. I just knew I had to have them.
For me, ideation is a huge source of joy. When I'm drafting design ideas, I sit down with a giant mug of tea, a collection of things to inspire design form (shells, leaves, books), a sketchpad and loads of colored pencils, and I play music that's equal parts melancholic and uplifting to keep me focused.
When I work with beautiful materials such as these three stones, I feel more than a little bit of pressure to do well by them. I want to show off these exquisite tourmalines but I don't want to distract from them with unnecessary clutter or detail. I want to securely set the gems without obscuring them within too much metal. And I want to create pieces that are at once simple and elegant and that will give the future wearer decades of joy.
So tonight, on this chilliest day we've had all winter, I'm sitting down with that mug of tea, pencils and paper, and the music of Bon Iver. And, I imagine my dog will be close by keeping both of us warm.
My name is Judi and I make sustainable fine jewelry. I wake up happy every day because I'm able to do what I love for a living.