- I observe. I synthesize. I (re)create. Nature is my inspiration and every piece of jewelry I handcraft celebrates it in its many guises. Whether using a raw or minimally cut gemstone, capturing the motion of a wave or the feeling of a gentle gust of wind, or carving my own sculptural iterations of flowers, pebbles, and trees, my work personalizes the natural world and makes it wearable and intimate.
I hand fabricate all of my jewelry using traditional bench skills (cutting, forming, forging, soldering, hammering, and so on). I love carving wax models because I can create unique shapes that are cast in precious metals and incorporated into to my jewelry designs. All of my pieces are intended to be worn every day and, as such, are comfortable, effortless, and timeless by design.
I work exclusively with recycled, reclaimed, and Fairmined precious metals and strive to be as sustainable as possible. I use conflict-free diamonds, most of which are recycled, Canadian, or Australian in origin. And I personally hand select all of my stones and gravitate to those with unique characteristics, such as watermelon tourmalines, beryls, dendritic agates, and unusual quartzes. One-of-a-kind pieces are at the heart of my work and I am happiest when creating something with a combination of stones and materials that can't be duplicated.
I hold an AAS Degree (Summa Cum Laude) in Jewelry Design from F.I.T. I’ve studied jewelry making since 2002 and have taken classes at 92Y, Jewelry Arts Institute, S.V.A., Brooklyn Metal Works, and Studio Jewelers and I still take classes whenever I can. As of July 2019 I am a lecturer in the Continuing and Professional Studies Department at Pratt Institute. In June 2019 I became President of the CJDG Executive Board. I'm honored to be a member of The American Craft Council, CJDG (Contemporary Jewelry Design Group), Ethical Metalsmiths, and Jewelry Industry Summit.