Custom jewelry designer
312 E. Main, Montrose
Experience: 13 years hands on experience
Hometown: Longview, Texas
Education: GIA - AJP, Diamonds Graduate
What inspired you to become a custom jewelry designer?
When I was about 4, my dad had taken me to the shopping mall to find a present for mom for Mother’s Day. We stopped at a store and were able to string beads together and make a custom necklace for mom. The joy on her face when we gave her something we designed, made me want to learn how to create jewelry. Years later in high school, I was working for Melanie Kline who started Ouray Silversmiths, and she said I had a good eye and encouraged me, and things took off from there.
What is most challenging as a jewelry designer?
I love the challenge, but trying to take what a client is saying they want, looking at a client to see their style, and interpreting the ideas into a finished design, can be challenging.
When I create something for a client, I want their jaw to drop when they see it and for them to say “This is me!” I want the excitement my mom showed years ago, every time I create a jewelry piece for a client.
What custom jewelry designing moment is most memorable to you?
The first time I got to use the torch and was melting metal and watching it form into something that I had only seen in my mind before. After that I wanted to learn everything that I could, and I feel that my training helps me design pieces that work. I understand what metals can do, how they work with gemstones, and what the finished product can be. I think that helps our jewelers be able to follow my designs and create the perfect piece.