The daughter of an Air Force pilot, Jewels spent her formative years growing up in Tripoli. She traveled extensively with her family from Tunis to Tangiers and recalls endless wandering through exotic market souks with her mother. Struck by the beauty of the coral, amber, silver and gold, all the wealth of North African families, she says, "I was hooked." After her education in Europe, Jewels spent many years traveling, living in India, South America and again in North Africa, expanding her education of jewelry design and knowledge of cultural artifacts—always collecting.
During her early travels Jewels studied exotic women in all their decorated beauty; how they wore jewelry, why it caught her eye, what made it so distinct and how it was made. She would sketch their costumes, and over the years she developed a very seasoned eye, able to recognize real and authentic. Her masterful style of hand weaving transforms fine antique tribal elements (amber, coral, shells turquoise, gold, silver coins, talismans, trade objects) into sophisticated, hip and wearable works of art. She will work with anything that she can find as long as it has a genuine patina, an imprint of the past. Amulets often go beyond trade, holding traditional magic for protection, abundance, good fortune & health.
Jewels travels the world searching for and collecting rare pieces and artifacts for her jewelry design. She has been creating masterpieces for more than 25 years. Her following is more of a cult phenomenon; from East Coast elite and intellectuals, to fine art collectors, young entrepreneurs, Hollywood familiars and individuals who share her passion for the beautiful, the rare and the extraordinary.