Gilding the Lily Since 1989...
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I hope that my work conveys a sense of humor, warmth and elegance. I believe in jewelry’s potential to be symbolic, sentimental, superfluous, necessary, and even hopeful. To minimize my impact on the environment, I use recycled metal, look for responsibly mined gemstones, and use non-toxic material wherever possible.
In much of my jewelry, I use the remarkable lost-wax casting process. It enables me to transform soft, pliable wax into intricate metal objects. I leave marks on my pieces that emphasize that they are made by hands. The cast pieces are inspired by sources ranging from historical jewelry, to Dutch still-life painting, to Beatrix Potter. Each one has a slightly different personality. I embrace tiny imperfections in the stones and surfaces - that way the Evil Eye won't want them!
Photo credits: Mercedes Jelinek and Emily Rogstad (they took the ones that look good - I took the rest!)