Being a jewelry artist was never in my plans. Professionally, I was a kitchen designer. However, I never forgot the river rock necklace that I passed up when traveling in 1999. Then in 2005 I ended up in a metalsmithing workshop. I became immersed. I even bought a house, so that I had room for a studio. A year later I happened on a rock and gem show. There was a sign-up sheet for classes, so I soon began lapidary classes. Here I learned to cut and polish stones in traditional cabochons. Using a templete for shapes and highly polishing the stones was not my style. Thus, I developed my own way of cuttting and polishing stones more naturally, which has become the focus of my stone necklaces. This all began in my mid-fifties. For me it was acting on opportunities that arose, which could have slipped by. I didn't plan this adventure!