ABOUT THE ARTIST
My name is Michele and I'm a metalsmith artist. I've spent the past 12 years focusing on creating custom jewelry. I was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN and soon decided there was more to life than just winter and road construction. I ventured off to Phoenix, AZ where I spent time creating designs which were sold through trade shows and featured in galleries around the country. Time went by and I received an opportunity to hunker down in the backwoods of Michigan. It was here where my walk to the mailbox seemed like a mile long and I was kept in constant company by many woodland creatures-including an ostrich! I decided after just two long and treacherous winters, during which it was a struggle just to find the main road during snow storms, it was time to make a move back to the desert.
I currently reside in beautiful Tucson, AZ. The days of finding an ostrich in my backyard have now been replaced with an occasional run in with the local coyotes and bobcats. It's a tradeoff I'm willing to make as Tucson is one of the most peaceful and serene places on earth. I am so happy to wake up every morning and go to work in my studio overlooking Mount Lemmon. This is what life is all about; doing something I enjoy surrounded by such beauty.
When I transitioned back to Arizona I began to concentrate on lapidary artistry, cutting and polishing my own cabochons used to create one-of-a-kind pieces. My work now focuses on custom jewelry designs using eco-friendly, recycled and reclaimed sterling silver and gold. I use only natural and genuine high quality gemstones in my creations and all diamonds used in my work are conflict-free stones.
I am blessed to have such a wonderful customer base and look forward to each new opportunity to design that special piece just for you.