Gemstone jewelry

I think it’s more beautiful to embrace the imperfection in nature than to fight it.

Tell us about yourself and what you do
I like to make gemstone jewelry. I really prefer using natural gemstones, because I think the natural inclusions, or “imperfections” created by the earth are what really adds visual interest for me. Some people may spend thousands on a glass-clear lab made diamond with no coloring or inclusions, but I find myself fawning over lodolite and quartz. I think the idea that everything has to be perfect and lab-sterile has really tainted the concept of beauty in the modern era. I think it’s more beautiful to embrace the imperfection in nature than to fight it.

Who has inspired you in your life and why?
My family is really fantastic and supportive. It’s really nice because I’ll always see them wearing my creations, even if we just bump into each other by chance somewhere. They also refer their friends. I am not sure if I would really be super into my work if I didn’t have so many people really supporting me and being by my side. 

What is your greatest achievement so far?
Not sure if it’s really an achievement since I was staying with family, but seeing the tuscon gem and mineral show was just, an incredible weekend in my life. I’ve seen things I will probably never see again, and I’ve gotten to really stock up on the best quality stones you can get on this planet! It’s also pretty cool to spend time with my family who are patient with me ooo-ing and aw-ing over 6ft tall crystals!

Do you have any tips for our readers that are trying to break in the industry?
Focus on quality first!!! TBH, with the amount of fake gemstones you can find for very cheap online, it’s tempting to cut corners. But customers will stay with you for more orders if they know that they’ll be receiving top quality goods. It’s better to spend the extra time and money on sourcing really great quality gemstones. I also suggest to avoid anything dyed, or reconstituted since suppliers will only do that to gemstones that are already of lesser quality. I see many people who have excellent designs but skimp out on quality. Don’t be them.

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