I'm Ann. I am so happy you found me because I am really excited to share my journey with you!
First thing you need to know about me… I LOVE helping people like YOU interpret your vision into the most amazing piece of jewelry!
I’m told that I’m always happy and energetic, a hopeless romantic, and a lover of stories that become part of each piece of jewelry I design for you. This is what jewelry is about… your story of love, your memories of family, or your celebration of life's special moments. My dream is to have my jewelry treasured and passed down through generations!
Here’s a little about myself...
I started making jewelry in a high school elective 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. That trip opened my eyes to something I’d never realized before. I met a talented jeweler who was making and selling jewelry in my cousin's clothing store and working from her home studio... living THE DREAM that I had no idea was also my dream! Finally, I found a direction for my life. 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 - University of Iowa - Majored in “What should I do with my life?”
Traveled to Australia; returned to Chicago area; first job in retail jewelry.
• 1998 - 2000: CALIFORNIA dreams
Graduate Jeweler Gemologist with Design and Wax - Gemological Institute of America, Carlsbad, CA
Accredited Jewelry Professional - Gemological Institute of America, Carlsbad, CA
Graduate Pearls - Gemological Institute of America, Carlsbad, CA
• 2000 - Jeweler, Gemologist and Designer in the jewelry industry - Fun, exciting, basically awesome!
• 2006 - Founded Ann Elizabeth Jewelry - Custom Jewelry - Designer, Jeweler, Gemologist
• 2008 - 2016: Gemology Instructor at the world-renowned Gemological Institute of America
Teaching students from all over the world was a blessing as well as inspiring.
• 2016 - Ann Elizabeth Jewelry - studio in Boise, Idaho.
I love jewelry and getting to know the people who want to wear my designs. Our two little boys fill my soul with joy and are the loves of my life. My incredible husband and best friend of more than twenty years is fully supportive of my art. Living our life in the Pacific northwest is incredible! 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!