My love of jewelry began early in my childhood, with the gold earrings that my "Grandmo" Garcia wore nearly every day of her life. Most of the women in my extended family knew that their jewelry often represented the only wealth that they could truly call their own. I started buying and selling antique jewelry when I was 17 and soon had a burning desire to learn everything I could about gems and jewelry fabrication. I went on to take classes from the Gemological Institute of America, taught myself silver and gold work, and have amassed a substantial library on the art and science of jewelry making. It has been a 40 year quest to define my version of gold and silver artistry, emphasizing the cultural heritage of New Mexico.