Adventures + Stories

A pair of hoop earring with lab-grown diamonds
26 April 2021

Lab-Grown Diamonds

After opening my new shop in Chicago’s Roscoe Village in the fall of 2019, I have received many requests and lots of enthusiasm for lab-grown diamonds, especially for engagement rings and stud style earrings.

Photo of Montana wilderness in winter, with mountains in background and snow in foreground
22 February 2021


It is well known in Montana that wood will keep you warm twice, once when you cut and stack it and again when you burn it. 

Open Heart Pendant
01 February 2021

Language of Love

In my early 20s, when I first started out in the jewelry industry, I joined the Chicago Chapter of the Women’s Jewelry Association.

Flower Gemstone Earrings
31 January 2021

Designing the First Piece, PART V

A New Collection: Designing the First Piece, PART V And then the pandemic struck….

Winter in Chicago at the beach
29 January 2021

January Projects

I love winter in Chicago.

Gold Ginkgo Earrings
18 January 2021

The Gold Ginkgo Leaves from New Haven: What My Mother’s Gift Taught Me

I think often about the sentiment we attach to the jewelry we wear.

Images of beach glass pieces held in a hand at the beach
20 September 2020

Beach Glass: Picking Up the Pieces

I am lucky to live on one of Chicago's most beautiful beaches. It sits quietly just north of the hustle and bustle of the Lakefront Trail. It is a hidden gem.

Collection of Diamond Rings
15 February 2020

Finding Inspiration: The Custom Jewelry Design Process

I am often asked how I come up with my ideas. 

A CAD Design Drawing for a Pair of Flower Earrings
15 February 2020

A New Collection: Designing the First Piece, PART IV

So now, I am feeling the urgency to get The First Piece to Done!!!

Jewelry Designer Sketchbook
05 February 2020

A New Collection: Designing the First Piece, Part III

After I decided to feature the beautiful oval spessartite garnet in the First Piece, I moved on to procuring gemstones for the first three pairs of earrings.


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