The makings of Adina & Gem

I love jewelry. Love love love jewelry! Every time I went into a store and saw such beautiful necklaces, earrings, bracelets I just wanted them all! (my preciousssss —any LOTR fans here?) However, I am a poor grad school graduate who cannot afford many pretty things (and won’t be able to for a while, thank you loan bills) and was unable to purchase them.

Finally, I looked really close. REALLY close. And went: hey… that doesn’t look too complicated. And also went: I would love to make jewelry that I would like to wear. (Plus, I am decently creative and with my years long writers block, I severely needed another outlet.)

I didn’t start making jewelry until a while later when I thought I should venture into the children’s hair accessory business. So I sat with my glue gun (I both hate and love glue guns) and hair clip (which was the wrong style because I couldn’t find the right one!) and burned my finger about 10 times (did I mention I hate glue guns?).

On a return trip to Michael’s (where I invested so much money, I should have stock in Michael’s by now!) I saw some pretty beads, found some elastic and chain, brought them home, and got to work.

When my Grandma passed away , I inherited tons of her old necklaces and bracelets. Many of these I incorporate into my work and love seeing them have new life.

Side note: I’m, for the most of most part, self-taught, and my goal is to eventually work with precious metals, gemstones, crystals, and stamping tools. Once I break even, my dream is to begin donating part of my sales to various charities.

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle



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