Simplicity. The patina of time. Finding beauty in the unexpected. Each piece of jewelry is hand crafted to create one-of-a-kind, modern heirlooms. My values align with the slow-fashion movement, which is based on sustainability and ethical practices. Quality, fine craftsmanship and longevity; these are all details that allow the work to transcend trend or season.
Nature, unusual materials, ancient artifacts and crafting techniques inspire my work and process. The pieces are bold in scale, substantial without being heavy. I balance clean minimal lines with raw organic elements. Eliminating the non-essential is a guiding principle behind my work. Every piece is carefully considered, whether it's hand carved in wax and then cast(Cast Collection), or hand fabricated from sheets and spools of metal and raw stones (One of a Kind & Chain Collections).
Ethical sourcing requires a transparent supply chain. I work with 100% recycled precious metals and purchase stones from small, family-owned mines and individuals who hand collect, cut and polish the materials themselves. The stones I use have a clear and trackable mine-to-market custody chain. The vintage elements are reclaimed, repurposed or have been passed down through generations: copper-flecked firebrick from an old furnace, recycled metal, my grandmother’s glass buttons. Everything is carefully researched, so there's an understanding as to where they come from and whose lives they may impact. Each element captures a moment in time; every piece tells a story.
My ancestors were coppersmiths, sheet metal workers and artists. I feel a strong connection to the materials I work with, knowing that my Great-Great-Grandparents worked with them before me. Through my commitment to bespoke craftsmanship and ethical practices, my work advocates a sustainable model of quality, heirloom jewelry.
I graduated in 1995 from the University of the Arts in
Philadelphia with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. My studies included
various craft techniques, with a primary focus on jewelry fabrication,
casting, welding and metalworking. While living in Los Angeles I was taught the art of stone
professional studio is located in San Francisco.
Positive change is happening in the industry
regarding the use of ethical materials. The number of jewelers demanding
recycled metal and ethically sourced stones is growing. Asking questions, voicing concerns to suppliers and keeping the dialog
open within the jewelry community are all crucial steps in bringing
about these changes.
Studio jewelers and metalsmiths have the power to
influence the mining industry. We use our voices to aid mining reform
efforts and to help generate industry demand for responsibly sourced
metals. I am happy to be part of a large community of jewelers involved with
Ethical Metalsmiths, a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting
people to responsibly sourced metals and gemstones.
I was the contributing eco-jewelry expert on Season 2, Episode 6 of The Lazy Environmentalist on the Sundance Channel
with Josh Dorfman
- sharing information about ethical material options and sourcing.
Sundance Channel - The Lazy Environmentalist, Eco-Jewelry Expert
ABC7 News - The View from the Bay
1000 Ideas For Creative Reuse by Garth Johnson, Quarry Books
Style, Naturally by Summer Rayne Oakes, Chronicle Books
The Eco Chick Guide to Life by Starre Vartan, St. Martin's Griffin
Gorgeously Green by Sophie Uliano, Harper Collins
Solo Exhibition, MAC- Modern Appealing Clothing, San Francisco, CA
Solo Exhibition, D&H Sustainable Jewelers, San Francisco, CA
Solo Exhibition, Gallery of Jewels, San Francisco, CA
Solo Exhibition, Beatrice Wood Center For The Arts, Ojai, CA
SWELL - Future Friendly Design, Vancouver, BC Canada
Composting Good and Evil: Redesign for Sanctimonious Sinners,
Savannah College of Art and Design Savannah, GA
Celebrating Nature: Craft Traditions/Contemporary Expressions, Craft and Folk Art Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Martha Stewart Body + Soul
San Francisco Magazine
Global Green USA
Madison Dialog Group
No Dirty Gold Pledge
One of a Kind Collection
I use recycled silver refined by Hoover & Strong
They provide socially and environmentally-responsible products and
services. They respect basic human rights around the world and protect
the environment by conserving energy and recycling. All precious metals
at Hoover & Strong are recycled from the Earth’s existing metal
supply. They do not buy metals from mining companies. In 2009,
Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), a globally-recognized
independent third-party certifier and sustainability expert, certified
the recycled metal content in Hoover & Strong’s HARMONY Metals™
Montana Moss Agate is one of the alluvial agates, rain and wind
constantly reveal these stones - they are naturally unearthed and found
in gravel deposits and along lake-shores, scattered over a huge area
along the Yellowstone River and its tributaries. The beauty of this is
that the Agates cannot be claimed, mined and dug-out by large mining
Chinese Writing Stone was discovered when the government was blasting
through the rock to build Interstate 80 in Auburn, CA. A few local
families were allowed to take as much material as they could before the
freeway was completed. These same few families sell the stone in small
batches to this day.
Fossilized Coral, Wood, Bone and Fern
These materials are millions of years old (or hundreds of millions in
some cases). All the organic matter has been replaced with minerals
(most often a silicate, such as quartz), while retaining the original
structure of the object. These fossils are naturally unearthed - so no
mining or large scale operations are involved in the extraction of
Fossilized Walrus and Mammoth Tusk
Only the native people (the Yu'pik) that live on St. Lawrence Island are
legally able to surface mine and sell fossilized ivory. The walrus was
to the Yu'pik what the buffalo was to the Native American - every part
of the animal was used. St Lawrence Island is so far north it has no
trees - so the tusk was the only material hard enough for tool making.
These tools were eventually broken, discarded and then buried by time -
and dug up thousands of years later. 60% of the fossil tusk I use comes
from broken tools and artifacts that are around ten thousand years old.
This recycled, fossilized material provides the Yu'pik with a viable
source of income and no living animal was harmed in it's procurement.
Amber is fossilized tree resin - aged between 30 and 100 million years old.
Many animals grow and shed their horns/antlers naturally every year. This process repeats itself for the life of the animal.
Sustainable Nuts & Seeds
Betel, Forest Bismark, Piassaba, Jessenia Palm, Raffia Palm, Nubian and Stilt Root Palm
These nuts or “vegetable ivory”, are from different species of palm
which grow in much of the tropical Pacific, Asia and parts of Africa.
They are sustainably harvested from the forest floor when the cabeza
containing the nuts ripens and falls. They are a renewable resource;
their native habitat is preserved and sufficient seeds are left to
perpetuate the palms.
Copper firebrick is a byproduct of the copper smelting process. It
consists of the copper that stuck to the fire brick walls of the
smelters in copper ore processing plants in Northern Michigan. Most of
these smelters are no longer in operation.
Recycled glass beads are handmade from colored glass bottles and glass
factory shards. The growing desire for these beautiful frosted beads
encourages recycling efforts worldwide and supplies a viable income for
many impoverished areas.
Vintage components are ideal, as no new resources are being tapped or exploited. Recycle, repurpose and reuse!
I repurpose vintage glass and plastic buttons, mother of pearl belt
buckles, chains and stones. My Great-Grandparents owned and operated a
lace shop and collected vintage buttons and buckles; these treasures
were passed down to me. I also collect vintage components from antique
dealers all over the US.
Cast Silver Collection
I work with Snell Casting, a local, family run company with
over 40 years of experience. They are environmentally aware and source
their supplies responsibly. They strive to create a shop environment
that is safe and comfortable for their employees, as well as