Meet the artist
Delighted. Beautiful. Fashionable. Comfortable. Happy. Environmentally aware. All words used by women who wear mARTini Jewels.
I wish that I could tell you I've been creating jewelry my whole life, but it's not quite true. I started when I was 12, creating beaded hippie chokers from seed beads for my friends. Growing up in Rhode Island, where fashion jewelry is made, I worked in a plating factory while in college. And then a jewelry display company. Since then, I've studied music, accounting, radiation therapy, but found my true passion designing and making jewelry women love.
Our goal is to create jewelry you'll reach for again and again. When women approach me and tell me that my jewelry is what they wear every day, that's the highest compliment. In this age of ever changing and disposable fashion, I want to create pieces that will stand the test of time. Made from fine, recycled materials. Pieces you'll treasure, with a contemporary flair.
People ask me about the name of my business, MARTINI Jewels. Well, like most artists, in the beginning I started as a "kitchen crafter", creating jewelry at the kitchen table. My husband would come home from work, and attempt to make his evening martini and couldn't because I was photographing my jewelry dangling from the sole martini glass in the house. That's why my logo features a martini glass with an earring. Note to self: It's probably time to get him another glass.
I also understand how important it is to protect the environment for our families, both now and in the future. Because of this, I choose ONLY to use sterling silver from recycled resources so that my jewelry doesn't harm the earth or its people. In a business where producing just one ring can produce five TONS of environmental waste, I don't think there's any alternative. Wouldn't you agree?
Pictures at my bench in South Portland, Maine.