In 2017, I was looking for a pair of big baroque studs for everyday wear. I couldn't find any I wanted to buy. A pearl dealer in Los Angeles had thousand-dollar pairs. I didn't feel comfortable with the hundred-dollar pairs I found online. And no store had any of any size in stock.
So I made my own, using baroque freshwater pearls I found on the shelves of an exotic goods dealer outside Toronto. I gave them to my friends, and they loved them.
Pearls bring light to the face, and everyone looks good in them. ("Women have known this for generations!" exclaimed my mom's 80-year-old friend.) But the organic shape of baroque pearls makes them feel less precious than pearls of the past, more modern, and more fitting for our times.
Now I sell my pieces here, on etsy, at artisan markets and pop-ups in Toronto, through wholesale, and by appointment in my home.
Every month, I donate jewelry to Elizabeth Fry Toronto (www.efrytoronto.org) which is a charitable organization helping women break the cycles of criminalization and victimization. For women emerging from the harsh realities of incarceration, trauma, and violence, a small gift of something beautiful goes a long way to restoring feelings of dignity and self-worth.
I also donate pieces to silent auctions. Please feel free to get in touch if you have an event coming up. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
I live in Toronto with my husband and two sons, aged 9 and 11. Before living in Toronto, I worked in the entertainment industry in London, England; New York City; Washington, DC; and Tampa, Florida, where I grew up.