When I was young, many of my favorite memories were visiting my Grandpa’s jewelry store. I loved the entire experience! The shimmering diamonds, friendly customers, and of course the repair shop where I loved all of the tools.
His jewelry itself was so special to me too! Throughout many of my life’s significant and memorable occasions, if opening a gift, I always hoped for and was thrilled to see a Philip and Co. jewelry box. I loved the anticipation of what was inside! I loved how tender and personal the moment felt. I sensed the love of the giver every time I put the jewelry on.
These are the same reasons I continue to love jewelry, both as a giver, receiver, and a designer of handcrafted jewelry. When I open my personal jewelry box, I can recall my life through the jewelry inside. I have little rings from my childhood, my first piece of handmade jewelry from the Sundance Catalog that I earned making $2 an hour babysitting, and my wedding ring that I watched Casey work so hard for (he had some pressure marrying a girl from a jewelry family). I was given a small piece of jewelry for the births of my two sons and gave handmade necklaces to the people in Ethiopia that cared for and assisted in the adoption of my daughter. I’ve also kept all of my original pieces that have been printed in the Sundance Catalog and Arhaus Jewels catalog. I love wearing this jewelry because it connects me to the most tender moments in my life.
The artisan jewelry I design and create is very important to me! After the original design, I typically manipulate and remake each piece 5 to 10 times before I can begin to consider it “on the road to completion.” I know that in most instances handmade jewelry is given as a gift, whether to one’s self or to a loved one. There is and will be an eventual meaning in every handcrafted piece I create. I’m honored to share in that experience with you!