After many years of artistic endeavors ranging from art school to teaching children’s art I began to dabble in jewelry making. First for myself and then for friends. One particular friend recommended I visit a local store to see if they were interested in carrying my jewelry. They were immediately on board and I was very excited about the possibility of supplying them and experimenting further with supplies. The business grew to include ten stores, several on Cape Cod but others extended to Boston, Canada and Michigan with recommendations from friends. Ten stores are the maximum I will supply because all the work is done by myself and that is the number of stores I can comfortably supply. Some are small boutiques and some are large jewelry stores or gift shops. I never supply more than one store in any given area so the items remain unique. I work mostly in wire of copper, silver and gold filled and create both traditional and contemporary pieces. I use a lot of Swarovski and Czechoslovakian crystals and chain. I supply many stores with bracelets with very strong magnetic clasps and design with a modern take with beads.
To add to my artistic enthusiasm I decided at one point to use all the money from the sales of jewelry to start a college fund for my grandson. The supplies I purchase are my personal contribution and all proceeds go into a special bank account marked Jack’s college fund. I have been able to pay for half of his first years tuition and am most of the way through the second year due in September. This means I will be very hard at work for at least the next three years. Since I love creating items of all types, this is no hardship. I will also design and make pieces for individuals and have made jewelry for complete wedding parties, both wedding jewelry and gifts for the wedding party and guests. I truly love what I am doing; It is so rewarding.
Debbie lives in Turo, MA.