When I was finishing up school at RISD for jewelry and metalsmithing, my professors encouraged us not to do jewelry repairs after we graduated. I think they just didn’t want us being taken advantage of by our friends for our jewelry skills. So I didn’t do any repairs for years. I was scared that people would only see me as a repair jeweler and not as an artist. I didn’t want to be re-stringing beaded necklaces for the rest of my life. However, clients kept asking me to do jewelry repairs, and because I needed the work I would help them out. In the past year or so, I’ve learned that I really love repairing jewelry and the problem solving and delicate work that goes into it.

When a client comes to me with damaged jewelry, they usually tell me the story behind it, and what it means to them. I love hearing these stories. I enjoy learning where they bought the piece, or who gave it to them, or how long it’s been in their family. I’m always curious about how it was damaged - if it just wore out over time, or if someone’s child accidentally stepped on it. When I receive a broken piece of jewelry it already has so much history, and I get so excited to give it another chance in the world. Sometimes these pieces have been locked away in the back of a drawer for years, and I can’t wait to restore them.

I feel like a real artist when I successfully repair a broken piece of jewelry. The thing about repairing jewelry is that the process is different for each piece. I start by listening to the client describe what their jewelry used to look like and how they felt when they wore it. I carefully examine it and make notes of the materials, structures, and damage. I decide what steps I need to take to restore the piece to its former existence. Sometimes the client is surprised when I say I need to fix several issues instead of the issue that is immediately obvious. The thing is, when I repair a piece of jewelry I want it to last for a good long time. I don’t want something else to break immediately after I fixed the main problem.

When I’m working on the piece of jewelry at my bench I like to take my time. Usually I’m working on something that is older than I am – a family heirloom, or a treasure that’s traded hands many times. I don’t want to rush it or cut corners. I carefully work around the existing shapes, and match the curves and the lines. Whether I’m re-forming a smashed earring, or re-building a ring shank, I try to envision what the piece looked like originally and match that as best I can, while making structural improvements so the damage won’t happen again. Often, I have to carefully remove stones, solder tiny elements back together, and re-set the stones, while making it look like nothing happened.

After I do any structural work, I have to finish and re-polish everything. I try to match the original texture and finish of the piece, unless the client tells me they want it to look brand new. I think pieces with a few scratches and dents tell more of a story than pieces with a super shiny finish.

After I’m all done with the repairs I invite the client back to come pick up the finished piece. I love seeing their face when they pick it up and try it on. I love knowing that they’ll be able to wear their jewelry for a long time and that I’ve added to the history and future of it. Successfully repairing jewelry makes me feel so satisfied and like I’m making a difference in people’s lives.


10k yellow gold and alexandrite. Re-built ring shank and prongs. Set stone, finished, and polished.


Hello everyone!

I just got back from my very first SNAG (Society of North American Goldsmiths) Conference, and it was incredible. I lost count, but I went to about 10 lectures, 5 gallery shows, a short film, a trunk show, a maker-space tour, and explored Portland as much as I could. I also tried out a bunch of vegan restaurants, like I do wherever I travel!

My favorite lectures were Vivian Beer, Nick Dong, and a bunch of rapid-fire lectures by Peter Antor, Thomas Campbell, Yvonne Escalante, Tania Larsson, and Caitlin Skelcey.

I went to as many gallery shows as I could manage. Here are some highlights. Click on each image for more info.

I also volunteered at Annie Meyer Gallery, where my jewelry was in a show called Crossings, put on by the Seattle Metals Guild and the Creative Metal Arts Guild.


I got to go on a tour of ADX, which is a maker-space in Portland. They have a wood shop, metal shop, jewelry shop, digital lab, screen printing shop, and many other facilities. It was so wonderful and I could have stayed there forever.


In between lectures and shows I spent as much time as I could wandering around Portland and eating delicious vegan food.

I'm so glad I got to go to the SNAG conference and participate in all the things I did. It was a little overwhelming and super busy but I had a fantastic time and came home with so much inspiration and ideas. I can't wait to see you all again next year in Chicago!

Website Update

Hi Everyone,

First of all, I'm really looking forward to the  SNAG conference in Portland, OR from May 23-26. If you're going to be there I'd love to meet you! Send me a message to connect. Also, One of my necklaces will be in a show called Crossings in the Annie Meyer Gallery. Please go check it out, it's going to be an amazing show!


As for my website, I've been working on making it more streamlined and cohesive. In my studio I've been focusing more on repairs and custom work, and I'm trying to get my website to reflect that. It's so difficult to decide what to pair down and what to emphasize though! I'm so proud of everything I've made, and want to show off everything I've ever done or accomplished. I condensed my RISD portfolio pages, and will be adding more of my recent work to new portfolio pages. I've also completely re-written my custom and repair page, so go check it out! I'm planning on getting some testimonials and reviews up sometime soon. If I've done work for you, feel free to send me a few sentences about working with me! I will love you forever. Let me know what you think of the changes and if you have ideas for other suggestions. As many of you know, a website is always a work in progress and I'm open to any advice.

Thanks for reading!


More new locations!

Hey friends,

I have some really exciting news: I have 2 new locations. My business has been growing like crazy the last few months and I'm so pleased to be able to share my jewelry with people all over the country!

The first new location is the Metal Museum Shop in Memphis Tennessee. This museum is dedicated to the history, craft, and art of metalsmithing. They have so many great exhibits, galleries, and programs, and serve as a home for the metalsmithing community in Memphis and also across the US. Next time you're in Tennessee, definitely stop by!

My second new location is Drizzle & Shine on Capitol Hill in Seattle. It's a cute little eco-boutique with all eco-friendly, vegan products. They have a really nice collection of clothes, shoes, jewelry, and some household items, and most of it is locally produced by small businesses. I'm so proud that my work is on display there and I really support their mission.



In other news, I will be at the SNAG conference in Portland from May 23-26. One of my necklaces will be in a show called Crossings in the Annie Meyer Gallery. Please go check it out, it's going to be an amazing show!