At age ten I discovered a DIY jewelry store, the kind with an endless menagerie of individually-sold beads. After drooling and deliberating over each sparkling option, I settled on my first ever jewelry design—a multi-colored pair of dangle earrings.
The design makes me laugh. Each bead was chosen for its individual 'prettiness' and then forced into one design. I couldn't resist the rainbow of the opalescent faux pearl, the glittery facets of the black heart, the blinding hot pink AND the iridescent blue…
And while those beads weren't exactly born to be together at least the composition works. The spin-top shape feels balanced. And the variation of color and texture is...‘adventurous’. A decent effort for a ten-year-old.
Now it's time to pick up where I left off — back in 1990 — with the launch of my own jewelry brand: Bold Standard.
I hope you find that my jewelry design has maintained its unexpected boldness 25 years later but with a greater sense of restraint and cohesion. ;)
None of this would be a reality without SCAD’s Alumni Atelier which gave me the resources and creative freedom to ignite my dreams.
A special shout out to Paula Wallace for founding and funding the program. I am forever thankful.
I’d also like to thank my mother for being an encouraging force and constant brand consultant. My partner, Colin, for seeing value in my work and for tolerating tiny jewelry pieces all over the house. My dad and Mia for their engaged imaginations and valuable feedback. The Texas Grebes for the enthusiasm they started way back in Atlanta. All those who have complimented my work. And of course...
My First Buyers
The support you give a designer is
5 times more meaningful than you think!
in life, but technically I've been wearing
my own jewelry designs since the 90s.
Welcome to Bold Standard
and thanks for stopping by!