When I was in my twenties, I worked at a high end jewelry store and while I already had an interest in jewelry, I truly came to appreciate precious and semi-precious stones while working there. Learning about how they are created and all of the details that go into determining quality etc… was very interesting to me. I even considered going to “Gemologist” school. Well that wasn’t to be.

That’s when I had my daughter and all hopes of a career in gemology were thwarted. But never look back and I’m very glad every thing turned out as it did.

Now fast forward 35 years and hear I am making jewelry. For the last 11 years I have been working with beads, crystal, metals, you name it. But never thought of getting into gemstones. Until recently, when my brother-in-law, who used to be a gem buyer as a hobby, offered to sell me the many gems he had collected and would never use. Whalla! That’s all it took! I am now back into setting and using gems in my jewelry and I’m loving it. I have renewed my appreciation for all things natural and am really enjoying it.

So, the moral of this story is…never give up on your passions. But even if you do, that doesn’t mean they have to be gone forever!