As soon as I could put a bead on a string, I was making jewelry. My grandmother and I would sit together at the kitchen table and make compositions using a mountain of cut up thrift store beaded strand necklaces. The heritage of handmade that began at my grandmother's table inspired me to earn my BFA and MFA in metalsmithing and jewelry design. Today, crafting future heirlooms myself honors the sentiment of generosity, love, and legacy that I so cherish. Very much like those early experiences, I work best with parts. I begin by fabricating several elements that seem interesting to me; then lay them out with stones and see where or if they match. These elements are constantly being edited to ensure a consistent aesthetic. Most of all it is about the stones and the stories they have to tell. I work with only natural gems and source them as ethically as possible.