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I'd like sharing the story behind my jewelry and business to be one of the main focuses of my blog. It's a profession that's foreign to most people (sometimes I feel like even my closest friends and family have no idea what I actually do all day), and I always enjoy learning behind the scenes information about other people's mysterious jobs. In my case, I'm involved in every aspect of the business and it seems like I'm actually doing 10 jobs at once: design, prototyping, assembly, graphic design, accounting, marketing...the list never ends!   

Here's the way my design process started for this particular collection. Because I ordered custom cut stones for the first time, I needed to draw an inventory of my potential components as a way to organize my thoughts and decide on the size, shape and material of my stones. It's interesting to look back on this and see how much ended up changing during the process – many of the stones I ultimately used are different than these. This was particularly helpful as a way to visualize color and think about all of the possible combinations (especially when dealing with pieces that I don't actually have on hand.) I then drew very loose sketches to play around with shape and proportion, with most of my final designs morphing out of initial inspirations. Keep an eye out for more details in posts to come. 

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