I am so happy you found me because I am really excited to share a jewelry journey with you!
First thing you need to know about me… I LOVE helping people like YOU interpret your vision for a piece of jewelry!
I’m told that I’m always happy and energetic and a hopeless romantic. I love learning of stories that become a part of the jewelry I design for you. To me, this is what jewelry is about… your story of love, your memories of family or your celebration of one of life's special moments. My dream is to have Ann Elizabeth Jewelry treasured and passed down through generations!
Here’s a little about myself...
I started designing and making jewelry in high school art class. College just got me all sorts of confused about life so I did what any young adult might do... I went to Australia to visit my cousin, Sara. Surprisingly, that trip opened my eyes to something I’d never considered. I met a jeweler who was making jewelry in her home studio… and selling her work in my cousin's clothing store. She was living THE DREAM that I had no idea was also my dream!
I found a direction for my life. I enrolled in the Gemological Institute of America! GIA is the world’s foremost authority on diamonds, colored stones, and pearls. Attending a school that is the leading source of knowledge, standards, and education in gems and jewelry was the opportunity of a lifetime!
From then on, I was constantly reminded of this quote by Henry David Thoreau:
"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you imagined!”
Here is my timeline:
I grew up in Libertyville, Illinois, a Northern suburb of Chicago
1996 - 1997 University of Iowa and my first job in retail jewelry
1998 - 2000: Gemological Institute of America, Carlsbad, CA - Graduate Jeweler Gemologist with Design and Wax; Accredited Jewelry Professional; Graduate Pearls
2000 - 2008 - Jeweler, Gemologist and Designer in San Diego jewelry industry
2006 - Founded Ann Elizabeth Jewelry - Custom Jewelry
2008 - 2016: Gemology Instructor at the Gemological Institute of America
2016 - Ann Elizabeth Jewelry - studio in Boise, Idaho.
My incredible husband and best friend of more than twenty years is fully supportive of my art. Our two little boys fill my soul with joy and are the loves of our lives. We love living in the Northwest… the natural beauty of the mountains and rivers inspire me.
Please allow me to help you celebrate your life’s special moments! I can't wait to design jewelry with you!