A lovely surprise

I was waiting for my favorite wholesale jewelry supply to open, and I had 20 minutes to spare. It was a fairly quiet downtown LA morning with only a bit a traffic caused by weekend construction. I was short on coffee so I searched for a cafe.

There on the corner about 1 block from where I was waiting was a building with gilded doors. It looked a bit fancy and out of place for the area, but I went closer and I was glad I did.

When I stumbled in I’m sure I had a bit of a surprised look on my face. I sat down and ordered turkey sausages and toast.  The toast came with homemade preserves and a wonderful raspberry butter. Within minutes I was unexpectedly happy. My Americano was the best I’ve had in a while and the sausages were scrumptious. You should definitely stop in to this place if you can.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Thanks for looking.


Bottega Louie

700 s. Grand Ave

Los Angeles, CA 90001


The making of a frog

On Saturday September 13, 2014,
I participated in the “Frog Town” art walk in Los Angeles California. Although it was one of the hottest afternoons on record, hundreds paraded through this quaint neighborhood to take in the many
Studios and work spaces showcasing local artistic talent.

Sandra Mastrionnani graciously allowed me to display and sell jewelry at the Cactus Gallery . I am so grateful for her generosity and support.

Below is the making of a frog pendant designed especially for this event.

Thanks for looking .

Cactus Gallery
3001 North Coolidge Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA





Distressed Onyx Rings

I got a chance to work In my studio today and catch up on some projects.

Today I made some onyx rings with a deeper bezel so I can create a distressed and textured look around the stone. The rings are made of sterling and fine silver, and I created a hammered texture all around the adjustable band. I can give the ring a natural matte finish or a dark antique one by adding a patina.

Thanks for looking.






Split circle earrings


I am constantly amazed at the skill and knowledge of the ancient Egyptians,
Mesopotamians and Greeks in crafting jewelry.

Evidence of their ability is seen in books, museums and in archeological catalogs.
How did they discover the carving and and manipulation of metals and the setting of precious stones?

We can use their resourcefulness and wisdom for inspiration in our own work.
The ancients were the inspiration for my Split Circle Earrings.
If only I knew all that they did.

Copper leaf shoulder-dusters



These copper shoulder-dusters are one of my most requested earrings at shows, galleries, and among friends.
They are fun to wear, and with the chain at the end of the leaf lightly brushing your shoulder, they feel feminine and a little bit sexy.

They are hand sawn, textured, and then curved on an anvil.

Let me know if you’d like to try a pair.

O & M