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 making jewelry that women love. When I first started making jewelry, and I would get a compliment on my work, I would get all giggly inside. Guess what? I still get giggly. I love what I do, and am thrilled to have your support.
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.
When you shop mARTini Jewels you support a mom-owned, handcrafted, artisan jewelry company. I create each order with love and care and support my family with this business. When you support an independent local business, not only are you helping the artist with groceries, tuition, music lessons, etc., you're keeping your dollars in the local community.
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?
I source my silver and gold from only ONE source - Hoover & Strong in Virginia. Why? First of all, they supply me with only recycled silver and gold - materials from unwanted jewelry, electronics, silverware, scrap that I make that comes from creating jewelry. They're fair labor, fair trade. The air that leaves their refinery is actually cleaner than the air that goes in, it's scrubbed so well. And, they have zero (!) waste water emissions. What's not to like?
Thanks so much for supporting handcraft!
Pictures at my bench in South Portland, Maine.