Working with sterling silver, semi-precious beads and Swarovski crystal, I create jewellery that is high-quality but affordable. No two pieces ever turn out the same, and that is exactly how I want it to be. I strive to make pieces that are both elegant and casual, something that can be worn with jeans, to the office or out on the town.
I was born with a passion for jewellery, having been raised in a family of creative and talented women. I knew at an early age that jewellery would figure prominently in my life. Around the age of 10, I was given an old book that showcased Queen Mary's jewellery. I spent many hours studying each picture.
My first job was in a fine jewellery store, where I spent as much time as possible watching the goldsmith. I soon learned the correct way of restringing a strand of pearls and then couldn't wait to get started when a strand was brought in for repair.
I began making my own jewellery four years ago when I saw a bracelet that was absolutely gorgeous but way over my budget. I decided I would make one. I sourced the semi-precious beads and sterling silver wire, purchased a set of tools and set up my own bench. Suddenly I felt complete. This was my destiny!
I made the bracelet and then someone wanted one like it. Using leftover beads I made earrings. They sold almost immediately.
I now sell my creations under the Gracie Jewellery brand and have many satisfied customers in Canada, the US, Mexico, Australia, France, England, Ireland and Sweden.
After taking a metalworking course, I have fallen in love with the torch and have expanded my line to include handmade sterling silver components and chains. I enjoy the whole jewellery making process, from choosing each bead, designing and constructing, to watching someone discover my work for the first time.
I live in the Niagara Region of Ontario with my husband and son, who are very supportive but not afraid to offer their opinions.
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