How did you become interested in making jewelry?
It is a rather long story, but in a nutshell, I was fired from my job as a financial coordinator for a large custom closet company when my first child was born. Having a newborn at home didn't allow me to go out looking for new employment. So, I went to what I knew: Floral design that I had done in college. I started selling silk wedding packages on eBay in 2000, and it evolved into making jewelry to match the flowers at the request of my clients.
Tell us a bit about your business.
I create solid gold, gold-filled and sterling silver personalized jewelry. I also have a large line of mixed-metal jewelry (mostly earrings) and stud earrings that are my true passion. I love mixing metals and textures to come up with something truly unique that you just can't find anywhere else.
What has been your defining moment (or moments) of success?
I did a lot of celebrity events in the mid-2000s (backstage at the Tony Awards twice, trunk show at Henri Bendel, various award shows in Las Vegas and Los Angeles), and I really thought those things meant I was successful. Boy, was I wrong! Having celebrities wearing my jewelry was great, don't get me wrong. But it didn't make me successful. I was just starting and so unprepared for the actual work it would take to BE successful. I taught myself all that I could, tried various techniques that were great and some that were huge flops, but I kept going until I found my stride and my design style.
I've finally really felt success within the last five years as I have watched my business grow by leaps and bounds because of all the hard work I had put into it. It was as if I was an "overnight success" after about 15 years of really hard work! That is when it hit me that I was actually successful at what I had spent my life building.
Where do you find inspiration for new pieces/new collections?
Everywhere, really! I watch trends on TV and in magazines. I watch what real people are wearing when I am out. I love the colors and textures I see in nature. I love to try to put a unique spin on an old classic. It is really so many things that help to keep me creative.