This collection was inspired by the graduated pearl necklace design. Working at a local jewelry store in Albany, NY as a bench apprentice, my first repair was a gold-plated plastic graduated bead necklace. This design style has been seen seemingly everywhere. As I worked to repair the necklace, I saw the classic beauty of this style and thought, “how can I breathe new life into this old design concept?”
This collection explores the graduated bead design through contemporary art by playing with color, texture, and movement by using silk stone, onyx, metal, and sterling silver beads and sterling silver and carbon steel metals.
This collection reminds us there are some times when it is necessary to reinvent the wheel and celebrates innovation created from redesign.