I See the World in Cloisonné Enamel

People often ask me why I am so drawn to enameling, and to cloisonné in particular. Before I tell that story, I’m going to back up a little and quickly explain what cloisonné is: Enameling involves applying colored glass powders to a metal surface and...

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Exciting Announcement: Permanent Showroom in Atlanta!

I have exciting news to share! In a move to turn my business more toward wholesale, I have joined a global group of designers opening a permanent showroom at AmericasMart in Atlanta. Our group is called EmpowerDesign on 8 - a reference to our showroom...

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My Theme for 2018: Life Balance

As 2017 draws to a close, I'm thinking about what is important going into 2018. My theme for 2017 was Connections. I chose Connections because I've always been extremely shy, and I've been reluctant to introduce myself to anyone. I've led a fairly solitary...

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Plastic in our Oceans

I don't do this often, but I wanted to share this awesome video by one of my favorite musicians, Jack Johnson. This video was made using plastic collected nearby on the beach in just like an hour!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lv1mhhvOyII  

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September’s Birthstone: Sapphire

Intro to Sapphires I think of sapphire as the king of gemstones. It's available in every color of the rainbow, it's both hard and tenacious, and some sapphires have stars. What's not to love? Formation Sapphires are gemstones made from the mineral...

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My Early Life as a Science Geek

I often talk about how I started life as a science geek. I went to a magnet science and tech high school in Northern Virginia in the late 80s/early 90s. Just today, this entertaining story was pointed out to me, told by a woman who went to the same high...

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Botox for Migraines!

As promised, this is the next installation in my series about my journey as a jeweler migraineur. The topic du jour is Botox treatments. You have probably heard of Botox being used for cosmetic reasons, but it's also a FDA-approved treatment for chronic...

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How Small Businesses Can Help Our Environment

I've been thinking a lot lately about the differences between small and large businesses. Each has its pros and cons. Some of the pros of small business include personalized customer service, the ability to provide unique and customized products, and the...

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