Each piece of my jewelry is made in our Newburyport jewelry shop or in the case of our rings, designed here and handmade by skilled craftsmen around the globe. I like to discover things made by artisans around the world and incorporate them into my designs as well. It is my desire to pay homage to traditional craftsmanship and the designs found in Italy, India, Bali, and Thailand in particular. The pretty briolettes for these pink topaz earrings were bought on my visit to India. I made these for Valentine’s Day 2017 and in doing so, brought back the memory and excitement of my trip. I am so privileged to have travelled to many beautiful places- my inspirations.
Jewelry designing is not for someone who finds decision making daunting! My assistants would say that disqualifies me immediately! The truth is I am a pretty good decision maker after years of experience except when faced with a thousand different gemstones, colors, cuts and other materials! Now add all the possible charms like the special one I use on my Buddha Necklace, our popular Breathe Deeply, our Lucky Elephant, Om and Lotus...That’s the dilemma, but also the fun of it.
So how does one chose? Obviously the prettiest combination and the trending styles make influence your choice, but I just ask myself-would I like to wear that right now?
A new piece starts with a simple design, an experimental color combination, and a choice of metals. Then the fun begins, much to the chagrin of my assistants. I usually like to see it in a few variations. At the end of this process there may be a number of new designs and maybe a coordinating collection of bracelets, earrings or necklaces.
But the process of deciding does not end here. I consider pricing- can I make something most people can afford? Do I have the materials in stock? Should I add diamonds? How long does it take to make? All of these considerations go into the mix.
Then I try it on- uh oh..can we change this to silver and make it longer? What if we….I can drive my assistants crazy.
In the end, my collection of handmade jewelry is affordable, pretty and well made. The final result is well considered. If the design is good my customers are going to like it.