Inspired by the ocean and nature, I use lost wax casting and hand fabrication to create my collection of dancing starfish, playful dolphins, and exotic tropical sunsets painted in gemstone combinations. The story in each piece is brought to life with 14k and 18k gold, as well as sterling silver worked into wonderfully strange textures and shapes. The gentle movement of sea grass and the organic feel of branch coral become bracelets, rings, and earrings.
I have been a scuba diver and instructor for many years. For the past 34 years, I have been watching the changes taking place on the reefs around the world and especially off the coast of southeast Florida. While 2/3rds of the earth’s surface is water, and 80% of all earth’s life forms are present in the ocean; regrettably, the ocean is a habitat about which we know very little. For the most part, we view it as “out of sight out of mind.” But the “health of our planet begins with the ocean as the primary life support system, and the ocean is sick.”
Because of this, I have chosen to donate a portion of my sales to supporting the Ocean Conservancy whose mission “is to promote healthy and diverse ecosystems and oppose practices that threaten ocean life and human life through research, education, and science-based advocacy.” I am hoping that by bringing the ocean to the attention of my customers, this awareness combined with growing eco-environmental issues will inspire us to “seek shared solutions and accelerate the pace of policy advancements in the face of mounting environmental threats and global climate change.”
My designs, inspirations, and commitment to the health of the oceans and the planet encourage me to think creatively so as to benefit both my business and the environment. I want to celebrate the beauty of the ocean without harming it and “to envision clean ocean waters restored and conserved for generations to come.”
In representing the beauty of the ocean in my collection, I hope that this issue is brought to everyone’s awareness.
Quotations are taken from the Ocean Conservancy’s “The Year in Sea Change”