fused dichroic glass,
pearls, abalone, gemstones
smithed & wire-wrapped.
lapidary cut opals, glass cuff bracelets
Blaze of Sparkle
Well I have always been a lover of unique beautiful jewelry. It started with opals and seeing beautiful opals in high end jewelry stores and a vendor at the CA Mid-state fair years ago showed me an Australian gem quality opal. It was BEAUTIFUL! So opals have been a big part of what I love. I also love the play of color and bold colors. So i would see some of my moms dichroic glass. The glass with the iridescent colors was so fascinating to me. I learned how to cut the glass and fuse it. I never lost my love for opals so on my 21st birthday I bought my first loose opal. I designed a necklace. An ocean necklace because i love being near the ocean in a coastal community. I went all out with that necklace. I branched out into a new source of opals. A mine from Ethiopia was newly discovered and these opals were unlike anything I have ever seen! I got a pretty big one when they were new. I wanted to branch out and buy other stones to compliment my opal pieces and that is how i branched out into other stones. I enjoy learning about different stones and seeing how they sparkle and how they’re cut and shaped and the color and size. I love seeing loose stones at a gem booth or a private dealer. I love the zillion ideas going through my head. I love also buying the stones with no idea for later. I play with them and spontaneously some combination happens and it inspires another change to a design. Thats the artistic process i love. I also got into lapidary when a very loyal customer gave me a jar of opals. It pushed me to do lapidary work. I never imagined I’d actually cut stones but I’ve enjoyed it! Then setting the stones in gold. When i design a piece in gold then finally see it materialize it makes me feel satisfied in knowing my artistic talents[IMAGE GALLERY 3×3]