Attracted to the natural beauty of freshwater pearls, I design pieces that are elegant and timeless, yet incorporate my unique touch. My style can best be described as “kicked up classic.” By starting with the best quality components available, my pieces are also durable and lasting.
While helping a friend start her jewelry business ten years ago, I discovered the joy of using fine motor skills to create beautiful objects. I began by making bookmarks and wine charms out of memory wire, pearls and semi-precious stones. Then Buffalo Fleece and Outerwear, a local store in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village, asked me to create Buffalo-themed key chains and zipper pulls and then jewelry for their store. Through this project, I discovered my true passion, and Bliss Designs was born.
Since that time, I have created thousands of pieces of jewelry — from classy freshwater pearl necklaces to funky earrings. Through my Buffalo, New York-based business, I have the opportunity to help customers discover beaded jewelry that expresses their personality and tastes. I also help them select individual, custom-made gifts, such as bridal party sets. This is a true joy.
You can find my jewelry at several gift shops, such as The Museum Store in the Burchfield Penney Art Center at Buffalo State College, September’s Bride in Holland, MI, Enjoy the Journey Art Gallery in West Seneca, NY, made by anatomy in Buffalo’s Elmwood Village and local art shows. You also can contact me for custom pieces. If I have the materials on hand, I could complete custom work within a week, within 2 if I need to order specific size or color pearls.
I have served on the board of Artists in Buffalo Inc since 2008, am a partner with Urban Artisans since 2008, and with Bliss & Bejewelled Benefit Bazaars since 2004. We’ve raised more than $50,000 for local charities, such as Gilda’s Club WNY, Child & Family Services Haven House, Hospice Buffalo and more.
I believe jewelry is more than an accessory; it’s an expression of a woman’s inner self. Let me help you find yours with my beautiful beaded creations.