I've been creating and making jewelry since the 4th grade. Over the years my materials have changed as well as my style.
What is my experience?
I have been creating and marketing jewelry for most of my life. I began in response to a 4th grade assignment to create a business for the Mini Society Fair. I decided to design and sell earrings, bracelets, and necklaces made of plastic beads. In fact, some of my first purchasers remain my customers today.
Slowly the materials evolved into crystals, base metals, precious stones, silver, and gold. Over the years, I have made custom jewelry for weddings, the Miss America Pageant, the Breast Cancer Coalition, the American Heart Association, and unique projects for clients.
The simple Mini Society beginning lead me to the jewelry program at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA where I learned to work as an artist in metals and other materials. As an Arcadia student, I spent 6 months at Glasgow School of Art (GSA) in Glasgow, Scotland where a gained an international perspective. I earned a BFA in metal smithing from Arcadia University.
After graduation, I moved on to Gemological Institute of America in Carlsbad, CA to enhance my practical knowledge. My studies at GIA added certifications in Applied Jewelry Arts (AJA) and Diamond Graduate (GA) to my formal education.
More recently I have worked for several retail jewelers where I have gained experience and knowledge in the retail side of the business.
This has lead me to focus on being a private jeweler who specializes in personalized service and unique jewelry items that reflect the lack of overhead that burdens a traditional brick and motor store.
As a personal jewelry, what can I offer you?
- Personalized Service
- Custom designs
- Engagement and Wedding rings
- Unique Fine Jewelry
What dose a private jeweler involve?
We can set up a appointment at your connivence. I can come to your house or meet elsewhere. We can discuss appraisals for insurance, custom jobs, search for the perfect engagement ring or repairs.
Wearing jewelry simply expresses who you are.
What is a Jewelry Appraisal?
A description of the piece(s) including
- Clarification value of gemstone(s)
- Diamond quality
- Total weight of metals and stones expressed in dwt (penny weight) and grams
- Replacement value based on market values on day of appraisal
Appraisals may vary depending on opinion, point of view, and experiences of the appraiser. They are always based on the market value on the day of appraisal.