Thursday, December 31, 2015

Happy New Year!!

Today we say goodbye to a wonderful year.
I hope that your 2015 was a year filled with joy, love, challenge, growth, and happiness.
What does 2016 have in store for you?  
I hope it is the best of everything!
Katherine necklace with vintage elements and hand-knotted pearls.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Joyful and Bright

Wishing you all the joy of the season.
May your holiday be filled with family, friends, and loved ones.
Wishing you all the best.
Merry Christmas!
The Donna necklace with vintage from Madrid, AB vesuvianite, shell pearl, and quartz.
This one is mine; you'll see me wearing it on Christmas Eve!

Friday, December 18, 2015

One-of-a Kind

Looking for something unique for a loved one?
This Erin necklace is sure to please.
It can also be worn in four different ways.
Erin necklace in African opal with Tibetan hand-made beads, turquoise, and vintage elephant.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Happy Birthday!

The Katherine Necklace.
Named after the one-and-only Katherine in my life.
She also celebrated a very special birthday.
Cheers to her!

Left to right; Katherine wearing the Coco necklace. Susan wearing the Katherine necklace.
 Coco necklace $150
Katherine necklace $239

Friday, December 11, 2015

The Perfect Gift

Looking for that one-of-a-kind gift?
This Erin necklace is perfect for the woman that loves water.
It can be worn four different ways; so very versatile!
Erin necklace in turquoise with vintage turtle, fish, and crab.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

A Unique Gift

One of my favorite necklaces; the Austin necklace.
All smokey quartz and earth colors along with a sparkly vintage brooch.
Austin necklace in smokey quartz, and pearl; with vintage brooch.

Friday, December 4, 2015


This is the time of year that I love; 
all twinkling lights and the sparkle of the holiday season.
This Emily necklace will make you shine.
Emily necklace in pearl, crystal, and enamel, with silver plated chain and vintage brooch.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015


How about a unique Christmas gift?
This Ella necklace with drusy pendant is a sure hit!
Ella necklace with vintage element in agate, black onyx, crystal, and drusy.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Family Memories

Bringing it forward.
Recently, I designed several pieces of jewelry for a client using her mother's vintage  jewelry.  The box had been in a drawer; she was not sure what to do with it.
Candice brought it all to me.  
We discussed what and how she could use it.  She tried on many styles and decided on what she would wear. 
Then I got to work, combining brooches and earrings, adding chain and pearls to make something new with the old treasured pieces. 
She even had me make a special necklace for her sister's birthday.

This is the wonderful part of what I do.  
There is nothing like it; to be able to bring a treasured piece back to life and have it used, instead of sitting in a drawer gathering dust.

Thank you, Candice, for letting me tell your story.
The family

Ellen Lucille, known as Lucy.

Candice in her "new" necklace with family vintage brooch.

Pearl necklace using vintage rhinestone choker and earrings.

Necklace featuring a vintage brooch and earrings. choker length.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


Red Jade.
This Erin necklace combines dreamy red jade with turquoise and hand-made Tibetan beads that pack a visual punch. The Erin necklace can be worn as a 2 strand, 3 strand, or as a choker.
Erin necklace in red jade with turquoise and hand -made Tibetan beads in coral and turquoise.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


There is no place like Paris.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to our friends in France.
Several years ago, after a visit to Paris and Normandy with my family, I designed this necklace to remind me of the trip.  It is a tribute to the beautiful "City of Light".
The Paris necklace, a mix of vintage elements and pearl.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Show Time

Wednesday, November 18 and Thursday, November 19
10 am - 1:30 pm
I will be at the 8500 Normandale Lake Tower Atrium
8500 Normandale Lake Blvd.
Bloomington, MN

2015 Holiday Boutique
I hope to see you there!!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Holiday Bazaar! November 13 and 14

Join me and many other artists at the Holiday Bazaar.
November 13,  10 am - 8 pm
November 14,  10 am - 5 pm

1327 Sylvandale Road
Mendota Heights, MN

This necklace will be there!
Ella necklace with handmade Tibetan beads in turquoise and coral, with antique gold chain.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Double Play

These two necklaces work well together, alone, or layered with others.
The chocker is a mix of different pearls.  
The chain and pearl necklace features a vintage element.
Pearl chocker in pearl mix.  $145
Pearl and chain mix.  $129

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Soft and Powerful

This Erin necklace has it all.
The milky aquamarine, with vintage brooch and rhinestone elements.
Wear it four different ways!
Aquamarine; hand knotted on silk, with vintage brooch and rhinestone elements.

Friday, October 30, 2015


Happy Halloween!
Are you dressing up and partying; or enjoying the little ghosts and goblins that trick-or-treat?  Have a great weekend!
How's this for a treat?
Emily necklace with vintage brooch, in citrine,agate, jade, and crystal.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Announcing........The Ava Necklace

A new classic is born.  
The Ava necklace.
Vintage with pearls.  What else do you need?
Vintage elements with pearl, quartz and shell pearl.

Friday, October 23, 2015


Add a little sparkle to your life in a subtle way.  
How about drusy?  
Each piece is a bit different and oh so interesting.
Ella necklace in amethyst and pearl, with vintage element and drusy chalcedony.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Tied With A Bow

This Audrey necklace is a tried and true classic!
Always a favorite, and will dress up any outfit.
Audrey necklace with vintage bow in Swarovski pearl.

Friday, October 16, 2015


When I saw these Tibetan beads, I knew they would inspire many of my designs.
This is another necklace that uses two styles of the beads.  Stay tuned for more.
Isabella necklace with Tibetan beads and shell pearl; coral and cultured pearl hand-knotted tassel.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

A Classic

Who doesn't love a classic?
This Anita necklace is one of my favorites!
Anita necklace in gold plate chain, pearl, and cross.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The Mix

What could be better?
Turquoise; one of the most popular stones, mixed with coral?
Put them in the most-loved Ella necklace and add hand-made Tibetan beads.
Where will you wear it?
The Ella necklace
Turquoise, coral, and Tibetan silver beads.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Autumn Winds

Autumn has me thinking of falling leaves, crisp fall days, and smoky colors.
This pearl necklace with vintage frog makes me happy.
Tribal necklace in finger pearl with vintage frog.

Friday, September 25, 2015

In the Pink

I have fallen for this necklace!
This Emily necklace is one of the prettiest in a long line of pretty.
The brooch simply takes my breath away; it's stunning.
Vintage brooch in pinks and black with pearl, rose quartz, pink quartz, and  AB muscovite.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The Isabella Tassel Necklace

Everyone loves a tassel necklace.
The Isabella is one of my favorite because of the pearl and crystal hand-knotted tassel.
Isabella necklace with shell pearl and tassel.
Tassel: cultured pearl and Swarovski crystal hand-knotted on silk

Making Memories

One of my favorite things is to design with a client's family heirlooms.  
Recently I had the privilege to take several items; a lapis choker necklace, a pair of earrings, and  Kazuri beads; and make them into a necklace. It is one that Marti will wear again and again.  
Now she has all her memories in one necklace.

In her words: 
"Last year I traveled to Kenya for a third time.  On previous trips I had seen 
locals and visitors wearing Kazuri ceramic beads.  In March I was able to spend the day touring the factory and talking with the bead workers.  Most are single 
mothers, supporting extended families of 20 plus people.  They are some of the most joyful people I have ever met.  A few women showed me how to paint certain beads, and giggled when I tried!  I went for the beads, but left as a friend and with a 
heart full of love and thankfulness.  Susan made me this necklace to remind me of 
these wonderful women." 
Kazuri bead information

A close-up view 
Marti in her necklace

Friday, September 18, 2015

Fall Trends

Brooches are trending this fall.  
You'll see them everywhere.
If you are like me, I go crazy trying to pin them in the right place or simply get them straight.
Why not do it my way, turn that gorgeous  brooch into a necklace, or bracelet.
Allison necklace with black onyx, enamel, crystal, and vintage brooch.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

The Brooklyn Necklace

Fall is in the air.
Spice it up with this new Brooklyn necklace, named after NYC.  This necklace looks great with a jacket, dress, or with a tee.
Brooklyn necklace with vintage elements and glass pearl, hand-knotted on silk.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Classic; With A Twist

In the mood for something classic, but not quite?
This Erin D necklace is perfect! Add a little sparkle to your life.
 Erin D necklace. Vintage rhinestone and hand knotted glass pearls.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015


Where would we be without our friends?
I am fortunate because I get to name jewelry designs after friends.  It seems that each piece reminds me of some special friend.  They all take on a personality.  Can you find your favorite?
Marti necklace with vintage flower brooch in cultured and shell pearl with cross

Wednesday, September 2, 2015


I have spent the past two weeks moving our daughters into college and grad school apartments in two different states.
May this year be filled with new experiences and joy!
With Erin; I'm wearing a Paris necklace with pave owl.

Erin wearing Diana necklace. Susan wearing Isabella with hand-knotted pearl tassel.

With Katie; Susan wearing the Austin necklace.

With Katie; Susan wearing the Audrey necklace with vintage brooch.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Busy Bee

August has been a busy month!
I have moved our two daughters back to college, and to grad school.
This is one of my favorite necklaces; as I can relate to the busy bee.
Margot necklace with vintage bee and Swarovski pearls.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


I will always love animal print!
This Ella necklace features a vintage calf- hair element.
It's an amazing neutral to bring your look together.
Ella necklace with vintage element, in pearl and crystal.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Da Blues

Looking for something blue?
This necklace is sure to please, and it's one of a kind.
Allison necklace with vintage brooch; in turquoise, enamel, crystal, and pearl.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Isabella Tassel Necklace

Who doesn't love a tassel necklace?
So easy to wear; throw on with anything to dress up your look.
Layer it with several of your favorite necklaces.
Isabella tassel necklace in shell pearl with vintage brooch and tassel.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


When you were young, did you long for a ride on the carrousel?
This Madeleine necklace will bring back the memories.
Vintage carrousel with gold plate chain and glass pearl.

Friday, July 24, 2015

The Jazz Age

Bring out your inner "flapper" with this classic art deco necklace, the Zelda.
Vintage "opal" brooch with moonstone and pearl.  Hand knotted on silk and wire wrapped.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Amazing Grace

There are times that you need a "go-to" necklace.
You need something to pull that outfit together, or are not feeling your best.
That's when you put on this necklace!
Grace necklace; a mix of pearl, labradorite, and silvers.

Friday, July 17, 2015


Have you ever thought about how amazing life is?
Taking a chance and talking to a stranger has led to some amazing friendships.  
Several years ago such an encounter by family members led to new friendships with several families in the Normandy region of France; and many trips back and forth.  Recently we were visited by Agnes.  She is an amazing person, great traveler, and a good friend.  We will miss you, Agnes! Safe travels.
Dinner with Agnes.  L-R, Susan, Agnes, Dawn, and Anita Plunkett.
Of course, the girls are wearing L'donna Jewelry.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015


Do you love purple?
This Allison necklace features an amazing vintage brooch in a variety of purple hues.
I've mixed it with soft gray pearls, crazy lace agate, amethyst, florite, and crystal.
It's a stunner!
Allison necklace with vintage brooch, in amethyst and pearl.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Lake Time

Are you in "summer mode"?
I hope you have some lake time on your schedule.
Take this Ella necklace along; it's perfect for those lazy summer nights.
Ella necklace in white jade and silvers.