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GoWestGems

Location

Reston, VA, United States

Quick Blurb

"Easily distracted by shiny & sparkly objects."

Skills and Techniques

Beaded embroidery; design & make necklaces, bracelets and earrings; sewing; crochet; knitting; woodworking; weaving.

Find me online @:

http://www.go-west-gems.net

Get to Know

I have been a "rock-hound" since childhood, and have a small collection of rocks, minerals & gemstones. I seem to always need "just one more book" on the subject! I go crazy at gem and bead shows; I'm always on the lookout for the unusual - gemstones that are uncommon, or beads that have unique shapes. Much of my inspiration comes from the designs and contrasting colors to be found in Nature: the salmon-colored clouds against a turquoise blue sky at sunset, or fascinating patterns to be found in plant life. I have enjoyed a number of crafts over the years, included woodworking, crochet and hand-loom weaving. I also enjoy many types of detailed work, such as embroidery; so the pairing of my passion for gemstones, minerals and crystals with fine detailed work seemed like a natural match. Classical music has always been very much a part of my life, and I am an amateur violinist. I often listen to Bach, Beethoven or Mozart, as I make your jewelry! I've been creating jewelry since about 2008 {plus, I have a "day job"}. I not only work on improving my current skills, but I also look to the future, to new techniques and skills which will enable me to offer an expanded collection of quality handcrafted classic jewelry. I create my designs with alot of love and attention to minute details; I try to bring out or compliment the beauty of the gemstones. I "test drive" all of my designs before offering them for sale, to make sure that the necklace drapes "just so", and that those earrings are not too heavy! And, may you have an eventful day!

Bio Photo Gallery

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    My first attempt at beaded embroidery. This is a beaded cuff bracelet, featuring a paua shell cabochon. See other views in the Gallery!

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    This is my entry, "Flying Colors" in the 2010 Fire Mountain Gems & Beads Jewelry-Making Contest, Swarovski Elements Division. This entry placed as a Finalist, and considering the competition, I am thrilled about it!!