Shining Star

I’ve begun a new practice in my life and uncovering so many things about myself and letting go of so many more. It was mentioned that the practice becomes a part of every moment of your life. Things get hard, they don’t develop in your time frame and it becomes a test of will and “how long you can hold the pose.”

I’ve been holding the pose of being a jeweler for 10 years. Sometimes just barely. I’m now rooting down, holding it for as long as it takes. In this I’ve promised myself to just make, not for any reason, but to discover what I can do, to see where it takes me. No matter how difficult, how tedious or how long, just make.

The first item in this practice are these earrings, I’ve named, Shining Star (thank you Earth, Wind & Fire). They look perhaps easier than they appear. I had the beads and used the smallest wire I had on hand to make the headpins the beads are on, but only about half the beads actually fit onto the wire. Still I pressed on and “held the pose.” I like the way the turned out and learned things for the next time.


I’m not going to go on about the band, albeit I do enjoy their riffs. Instead I’m going to talk about fossilized mastodon ivory. I know that there’s a lot of people that freak out about it and where it comes from and I promise, the piece I used in this repair came from a reputable source.

I’ve been doing repair work for the lovely proprietress of Black Luck Vintage, here in the high desert over the past several months. The latest batch are missing stone setting. I just so happened to have a piece of said fossilized ivory that with a little shaping, fit this ring perfectly. I personally quite like the contrast with the turquoise.

It’s always fun getting to do something a little different and that is unexpectedly challenging. Having to reshape a stone, when you’re not a professional lapidarist is definitely a thing, but I made it work.

Plus I always enjoy seeing how other people construct things. Seriously, what’s with glueing stones in??

Seemingly the Same

I’ve noticed a pattern in the rings I’ve been making lately. They all seem to be set horizontally rather than vertically, with multi bands. I’m not mad at it and maybe this makes it a signature thing I do.

Here’s the latest, made by request for my pal of pals, ma.

Robin’s egg blue, Kingman turquoise. The swirl pattern is super groovy.

Single and Ready to Mingle

On your wrist.

Lore number 2. Available in the etsy shop.


Just over a year ago I was in talks about a collaboration with a clothing company/designer. Those fell through but an idea lived on. Forever inspired by my culture (half of it) and the many nations that exist within it, I became fascinated with mantas and mores specifically the adornment used to hold them closed.

What is a manta? Well it’s basically like a giant scarf or shawl that Pueblo and Navajo women often wore/wear, almost as a dress. Pins, usually of turquoise were used to hold them in place and/or as a closure.

I did my own spin on this with a bit simpler approach, making more of a stick pin. These can obviously be used a ton of other ways, say as a hat pin, in a tote or purse, on a coat, scarf, even through shoes (picture mocs) or on anything else one would like to adorn.

I made three in total. These two are down at Desert Omen and the other I shall reveal in due time.