Hi! I’m Rina and I design and make nature inspired jewelry with whimsical artistry for the woman who feels spiritually connected to nature, loves being outdoors, and is also drawn to almost anything handmade with intention. If you are inspired by nature and it’s power to calm, heal, and bring joy, then you are in the right place! For you, Jewelry often represents your sense of self through the things you love. Each piece is an expression of what you love and a part of your story. It is symbolic. All of my jewelry is fully handmade in the spirit of joy and gratitude in Gainesville, Florida. How it all started I have been an artist my entire life. From painting in watercolor and oils to stained glass and quilting, I love telling stories through visual images. My journey into jewelry making started with a fun girls' night out making crochet necklaces at a local boutique. That lead me to my first of many metal smithing classes, and I knew immediately I found my perfect artistic expression. Why it all started That was over 10 years ago, about the same time my husband started having some strange health symptoms, which was quite stressful for me (he was later diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease). I lived in Alaska at the time, and I found my balance and wellbeing by hiking, backcountry skiing, being in nature, and also by making art. I then found that designing, creating, and wearing little “silver nature paintings” helped to keep me connected to nature and myself (as a caretaker it’s easy to lose yourself). I truly believe artisan jewelry is wearable art, and a form of self-expression- it’s a way of telling a bit of your own story and can make you feel beautiful inside and out! How It’s Made Instead of using a brush, I hand-saw my designs and solder them together. I started in sterling silver but quickly transitioned to Argentium sterling silver because it’s made from 100% recycled silver and is tarnish-resistant. Thanks so much for joining me on my journey!
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