Floral Bouquet Studs
Gold Tone Double Coin Dangle Earrings
Copper & Sterling Silver Blue Bird Hex Studs
The Story of To the Nines Jewelry
The idea for To the Nines Jewelry was actually inspired by a series of creative experiments I conducted in my jewelry-making workshop, as well as the simple philosophy that "all things old can become new again." I became fascinated with the challenge of taking high-quality vintage materials or elements and giving them a whole new life by integrating them (along with new materials) into fashion-forward jewelry designs.
As I began to sort through old beads, findings, stones, and settings as a way to jumpstart my creative inspiration, I came to admire the level of craftmanship, artistry, and detail involved in producing them. As I discovered later, many of these materials were designed to last and crafted by hand, as opposed to being mass-produced like the majority of today's jewelry supplies. It excited me to think about the person (or people), as well as the sense of history that was behind these beautiful objects. As a result of my creative journey, I came to discover that many things (like people) can become even more beautiful with the passage of time.
About My Jewelry Materials
When it comes to my jewelry pieces, I am highly selective (some would even say picky) about the materials I use. In my designs I love to combine vintage (over 20 years old), antique (over 50 years old) or new "vintage inspired" elements with high quality modern components. I fell in love with collecting vintage beads, findings, chains, gemstones, and other components because in my experience they are often of a much higher quality than many contemporary costume jewelry materials, and they have withstood the test of time. For example, many of the older materials I use were originally hand-painted or hand-cut, and the plating used on older costume jewelry metals was often thicker than that which is typically used in similar pieces today. The craftsmanship that went into producing these vintage materials continues to amaze me, and I love incorporating them into my handmade pieces as a way to honor and celebrate their beauty.