I say “our story” because even though I create all of the jewelry, many of the stones I use are cut and polished by Steve. We have visited various sites to collect stones as well as purchased rough material. That said, I do purchase some stones already cut and polished. I just can't say no to a pretty stone!
I create jewelry inspired by the natural beauty of stones by weaving wire into a setting that complements the stone without becoming the primary focus of the piece. I am constantly learning and observing traditional and more modern techniques, both to employ them and as an exploration into further creation. Currently my focus is wire-wrapped or wire-woven jewelry, with metalsmithing in some pieces.
My favorites stones are typically found in limited geographic areas and some are getting quite difficult to find.
Regional Favorites: Lake Superior Agate Kona Dolomite, Upper Michigan Wisconsin Jade Michigan Greenstone (Chlorastrolite, a variety of pumpellyite), Upper Michigan Petoskey Stone
International Favorites: Oco Agate, Brazil Ocean Jasper, Madagascar - this source has been exhausted Seraphinite, Siberia Labradorite, various locations world-wide including Madagascar Ammonite and Fossil Coral