What inspired this collection?
Everyone closest to me (myself included) has struggled with some form of mental health. There is a lot of stigma about those kinds of struggles and most people see them as weaknesses. Because May is mental health awareness month, I wanted to use broken gems to highlight just how beautiful broken can be. Each of our challenges give us unique perspectives and strengths. And while we handle those challenges, we are still all worthy of love.
Tell us about yourself! What do you do outside of Gem Studio?
Born and raised in Placer County, California, I moved to Utah in 2015 to study Advertising at BYU, where I just graduated from. When I’m not grinding away at the wheel or my other job, I love to rock climb, backpack, and explore new places with my fiance Caity.
What are you most passionate about?
It might seem cheesy but people are what come to mind. I love learning about people’s life experience. That’s what gets me to work at Gem and my other job as well. I love learning about the ins and outs of everyday life, and what gets you out of bed everyday. If I ever have the pleasure of being your silversmith, you’ll get a taste of this firsthand.
What is currently playing on your Spotify?
Nothing because I’m on Apple music! It’s usually Bleachers, The Killers always popping on, and Coldplay is king. Also watch for the occasional alt trip, Harry Styles, Lorde, Vampire Weekend, and Young the Giant.
What do you want to manifest in your life over the next year?
The biggest manifestation that is already coming true is marrying my best friend and partner in crime. After that I am manifesting an extended summer, lots of thrifted scores, and new friends I can meet.
What is your favorite gem, and why?
White Buffalo hands down. If you ever catch me in a workshop just ask to see my bling and you’ll see it’s true. It goes with everything and the contrast between the creamy and off black is just too good.
What is your favorite part of the silversmithing process?
The transformation of a freshly soldered ring to polishing. It’s so cool to see scraps of metal silver and soder come together to make such beautifully unique pieces every time!
How do you like Utah? If you could move anywhere, where would it be?
The best part about Utah is how close the mountains are. I grew up in the shadows of the High Sierras so the mountains have always been a big part of my life. It’s nice to get right out into some quality hiking and climbing without having to drive more than sometimes just 20 minutes. If I could move anywhere right now it would probably be New Zealand just so I could enjoy everybody’s accents.