The Gem Gypsy at Earth Traditions

First and foremost, I am a gemologist.  Second, I am a photographer.  Last but not least, I am a Gypsy.

My interest in art began in junior high school with drawing and sketching.  I was also fond of creative writing, composing fictional mysteries involving my group of friends I hung out with.  My parents were happy that I was also interested in earth science, specifically in rocks and minerals, crystallography and physics.

In high school, I started making jewelry and took courses in metalsmithing.  I also won awards for art photography, getting plenty of practice in the darkroom as newspaper and yearbook staff photographer.  My father had also been a photographer, giving me my first camera at about 10 years of age.

After high school, I put off going to school in Geology for full-time work in retail, working for a company specializing in minerals, fossils and gems.  I received my Graduate Gemologist Degree in 1984 from the Gemological Institute of America.  I have worked in many “facets” of the jewelry industry for the past 35+ years including apprenticing as a goldsmith, a manager, an estate jewelry buyer, an appraiser, a diamond buyer, and wholesaler of precious and semi-precious gems.

My love of Celtic music, culture and symbolism came from my family background.  I really enjoy Celtic music and dance and the emotive qualities that the ancient mystic symbolism of the Celtic tribes stir within us.

My love of jewelry, gems and nature culminates in my photography where I enjoy landscape photography, photographing jewelry for the website as well as for clients, and photographing mineral specimens as (published) Associate Photographer for the Mineralogical Record Magazine.

My nickname: Gem Gypsy- comes from the fortunate opportunity I have of being able to travel, working all kinds of events (Celtic Festivals, Highland Games, Renaissance Faires, Irish Dance Competitions, gem and mineral shows) while also looking for new materials and sources for inspiration for designing jewelry, photographing everything, one beauty at a time.

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