How did I start my jewelry business
In the year 2000, my husband went on a consulting job in Hartford, Ct. I was anxious to join him for a few month because we are New Englander’s and always enjoy visiting anywhere up North when we get the chance.
This was the perfect time for me, my kids were all out of the house and I could come and go as I wished. My husband took a suite in the Hilton Homewood suites in Farmington, Ct. His job was suppose to last for a couple of months but it continued for 9 years.
We loved it, keeping our home in North Palm Beach and travelling back and forth to Ct about every 2 weeks. Most of our time was in Ct but we went back to North Palm to check on our house.
I was alone in a hotel room with time on my hands, when I decided to travel often to New York in search of unusual pearls. I taught myself how to hand-knot the pearls and took necklaces to a high end jewelry store in West Hartford to have them complete the design by attaching the pearls to a proper clasp. The jewelers in the store told me that I did a wonderful job of knotting my pearls which gave me encouragement to continue my craft.
Eventually, I learned, how to completely handcraft my own necklaces. There was a prestigious art school in the area called the Farmington Valley Art Center in Avon, CT. I took my early work into the school which was the home of 2 incredible galleries and over 20 artist studio’s with residents from around the country.
Anyway, they liked my work and gave me a case in their gallery to display and sell my designs. I felt like I have won a Nobel Peace price because this was such an impressive gallery. From there, I sold my jewelry at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Ct.
At about that time, I started to go into New York City, just banging on doors, asking owners of the shops if they would take a look at my work. For the past 16 years, I continued to sell to very high end boutique’s up and down the East Coast from CT to Miami Design District. I have made some changes this year and sell only by private appointments in North Palm Beach. It has all been a wonderful time for me and I continue to enjoy making new jewelry everyday.