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I began my jewelry journey in 2000 with the launch of my flagship collection at the world-renowned Walker Art Center. Within two years, I was selected as the Grand Winner of the prestigious AJDC New Talent Competition, which helped establish my jewelry as a national brand. Today, I run my business from my sunny studio in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District – the epicenter of a vibrant community of makers.   

In partnership with my retailers, I am committed to meticulously crafted, beautiful art jewelry. Each piece is made personally by me in my Minneapolis studio, using ethically sourced materials, such as recycled metals and gemstones that are fair trade, recycled, domestically sourced, or purchased from gem buyers who have direct relationships with miners from small, artisanal mines. I have also recently become Fairmined™ licensed and have a new collection in Fairmined™ 18K yellow gold!

My current collection is inspired by Origami. These designs push the boundaries of traditional jewelry to become small-scale wearable sculpture. I developed my folding technique to create pieces that have a graceful fluidity and big visual impact, but which are also lightweight and comfortable to wear.

  • 2002 American Jewelry Design Council, New Designer Award
  • 2004 City Pages Best Of Awards, Jewelry Design
  • 2005 MN State Arts Board Grant Recipient
  • 2011 Engagement 101, Best Eco-Friendly Engagement Ring Finalist
  • 2018 Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, Made in the North Awards Finalist
  • 2018 MJSA Online Design Challenge Winner
  • 2019 Saul Bell Awards Winner
  • 2019 International Pearl Design Awards Finalist
  • 2020 MJSA Vision Awards, Second Place in the Professional Excellence category
  • 2020 MJSA Vision Awards, First Place Responsible Practices Distinction
  • 2020 Cultured Pearl Association of America’s International Pearl Design Awards Orient Award Winner (awarded in 2021 – delayed due to Covid-19).
  • 2021 InStore Awards, First Place for Colored Stone Jewelry Under $5000
  • 2022 InStore Awards, First Place for Colored Stone Jewelry Under $5000
  • 2022 InStore Awards, First Place for Pearl Jewelry Under $5000

Get a behind the scenes look into my studio in the video below!
(Video by Jennifer Simonson.)