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A bit About Me, and Pure Whimsy Jewelry

Do nature and art bring you a sense of well-being? Help to align and move you? Add a feeling of beauty to your life? If so I hear you! I design my jewelry for women like you, who love being surrounded by the beauty of both art and nature. 

 

I design and make jewelry with a little whimsy that is inspired by both nature and art for the woman who feels spiritually connected to nature and the outdoors and is also inspired by beautiful art.  So if you are someone who finds balance, well-being, and stress release from being outside, or surrounding yourself with art, then you’re in the right place.

 

All of my jewelry is fully handmade in the spirit of joy and gratitude. I am deeply connected to the mountains of the northeast and west (Alaska, California, upstate N.Y., Montana, and New Mexico), and the Florida coast. So I make a lot of mountain and ocean jewelry! But I make other artistic gemstones, and organic jewelry too. 

 

I have been an artist my entire life. From painting in watercolor and oils to stained glass and quilting, I love telling stories through visual images. My journey into jewelry making started with a fun girls' night out making crochet necklaces at a local boutique. That lead me to my first of many metal smithing classes, and I knew immediately I found my perfect artistic expression.

 

That was over 10 years ago, about the same time my husband started having some strange health symptoms, which was quite stressful for me (he was later diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease). I lived in Alaska at the time, and I found my balance and well-being by hiking, backcountry skiing, being in nature, and also by making art. I then found that designing, creating, and wearing little “silver nature paintings” helped to keep me connected to nature and myself (as a caretaker it’s easy to lose yourself).

 

I truly believe artisan jewelry is wearable art, and a form of self-expression- it’s a way of telling a bit of your own story and can make you feel beautiful inside and out!

 

Instead of using a brush, I hand-saw my designs and solder them together. I started in sterling silver but quickly transitioned to Argentium sterling silver because it’s made from 100% recycled silver and is tarnish-resistant.

 

Please Note: just about all of my pieces are made to order and all are Argentium Sterling Silver.

You can find my work in 6 galleries throughout Alaska, as well as in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Meredith, New Hampshire.

Oh- and a portion of all my direct sales goes to Save Ak Spots. To learn more about this small, local, non-profit, read my blog post here!

Thanks so much for joining me on my journey!

Rina

P.S. If you’re ready to feel more connected to what you love and yourself, take a look at my collections today.

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