Over the years,
I have been drawn to the study of antique and
ancient beads and artifacts. The impetus and
inspiration for my jewelry designs is fed by the
fascinating history and stories behind these
pieces of stone, shell, glass, and metal that
are decades, centuries and, at times, millennia
old. My unique creations combine beads,
amulets, pendants, and other relics from various
ages, cultures, and religions into one-of-a-kind
necklaces and earrings, which individuals around
the world purchase both for adornment and as
collector pieces. Occasionally,
I offer unique pieces from other selected
designers, as well as original antique ethnic
jewelry and collectible beads.
combined with personal relationships with
traders and collectors from Africa, Central and
East Asia, the Pacific Rim, and Latin America,
allow me to obtain the highest quality materials
for my creations. Meeting and becoming friends
with so many people who share my love and
interest in ethnic jewelry has been a blessing.
In fact, it is quite natural to find traders
from Mali, Nigeria, and other countries visiting
my home, with tubs of beads and artifacts from
around the world.
Mark Holland, my
husband and business partner, handles the
promotional and financial aspects of the
business, allowing me the time to follow my
by creating jewelry where antiquity meets modern
participated in a number of juried arts shows,
and my work is currently on display in a number
of galleries around the world. My studio is
filled with the incredible energy of the
artifacts I use in my creations. Who fashioned
these pieces, who wore them over the years, will
never be known. But we invite you to experience
them first-hand. Stop by if you are visiting or
live in Boulder, but please let us know in
firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.494.0184. We
hope you will have the opportunity
to share our love of these unique works of art
from throughout the ages.
If you'd like to know when new items are added to our web site, please fill out the simple form on our contact page, and be sure to share your e-mail address with us.
Our sincere thanks to Melanie, our mentor and friend. We couldn't have started this venture without you.
And additional thanks to Elizabeth, Sara, John, Carl, and Audrey at Africa Direct. Your help and ideas have been invaluable.
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