Laura Wallace

For time before history, people have used natural materials, gemstones and precious metals, to create items of beauty to adorn themselves. Often these adornments were made to accessorize the garments worn, whether simple pieces of hand loomed linen or luxurious silks and satins. They also included crafted or found materials that recalled mystical, spiritual or religious significance.  These pieces of what we now call jewelry were often handed down from generation to generation to become family heirlooms. Making unique wearable treasures is my inspiration, and colors that are current in the fashion industry help guide my choice of materials during my hours of hunting at the periodic gem shows that gather vendors from as far as India, China and the Middle East. I have also searched for and found sources for reproduction and antique components in gold, silver and bronze.
Making beaded jewelry with gemstones, pearls and ethnic components is my passion and the creative process is a meditation for my spirit. I hope my creations become adornments that bring wearers visual and tactile joy and for some evoke historical and spiritual significance.