Pictures from Past Lives
Me with one of many Daily News "Best of the VI" Awards
I ended up going through old pictures this week, during this horrid creative block I was experiencing. I found some pictures of my original jewelry creations, and they made me smile. My wearable art has brought smiles and happiness to many people, myself included. I remember I once had such a difficult time parting with each new work, pieces I had nurtured from conception to birth, not yet ready to let them out into the world. Eventually, I began to take as much pleasure and joy in selling a really wonderful piece to someone who truly appreciated it. That was one of the best parts of that job. So yes, in my most recent past life, I was a jeweler. Of course I still am, though I argue that with anyone who accuses me of being such a thing. Last week I borrowed some time in a friend's jewelry workshop to put some finishing touches on a repair for a friend. After we were both done our projects for the day, we went to lunch, where my friend boasted that she had a "guest artist" in her studio that day. What? Where? Who?ME? Oh yeah, I am an A R T I S T. How quickly we forget.
So I dug up some old photos of some of my favorite pieces, all of which have found fabulous and deserving homes. Fortune, fame, recognition and awards weren't enough for me I guess, because truly, there is no price that can be put on my art. The best thing I ever got in return for a piece of my artwork was the smile and genuine thank you of my customers. No, I still will never be a retail jeweler again - at least not in this life, I think...
18kt yellow gold ripple texture bezel ring with 9ct Brazilian citrine
Banded Druzy Agate pendant in 14kt white gold
Blue flash moonstone and Australian opal slide
Matte 14kt gold green Brazilian tourmaline earrings with diamond
Pink sapphire and diamond wire wrap ring in 14kt white gold
Laguna agate with druzy pocket, 14kt yellow gold
18kt yellow gold heavy bracelet with custom cut larimar and blue topaz