I started jewelry classes on a whim because acting auditions were soul crushing and I felt a deep longing to create something I could hold in my hands. Day one, hooked.
I love jewelry not because of the materialism, but because of the meaning and memories it has the power to evoke. Recently my grandmother passed, and now more than ever I feel connected to her wedding rings. They represent my grandfather’s unconditional love for 75 years. They were on her finger when my mother was born, when I was born. I remember feeling the rings against my tiny fingers when we would hold hands and walk through the zoo. Trying them on as a teenager at Christmas, huddled on the couch asking her again to tell me the story about how she married grandpa after a blind date right before he left for the War, and how she was so nervous to see him before he came home from deployment that she gave herself hives.