I dug for emeralds in North Carolina. In Colorado, I followed old prospectors through high mountain passes. I mined diamonds in Arkansas. I scoured creeks for opals in Mexico and Guatemala. I even took my search underwater in the bay of Honduras. The geologist and kid in me took over as I scanned the continent collecting all manner of rocks, gems, and minerals. As my collection grew I began perusing rock shows, started taking classes in lapidary and began looking for jewelry making classes.
As I scientist I'm drawn to precision, symmetry and order that lapidary provides. That's when it hit me that I had found my next profession. I found what I loved and have no other option but to make it my life.
I am now attending the Savannah College of Art and Design in the Metals and Jewelry program, and loving every day that I get to make something.