I fused my nearly three decades of art expertise in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography and ceramics with the use of the metal clay to create my jewelry company, Zia Design, in 2009. Zia Design believes each piece of jewelry tells a story and exists to create beautiful, artistic jewelry that inspires and brings you joy. I wish to provide an extraordinary experience through silver jewelry that pushes the boundaries of artistry and imagination. For some, jewelry is a decorative extension and expression of one’s personality. For others, it embodies a wish, a memory or even a sacred object. These are opportunities for my designs to speak to you and enrich your life story!
All my pieces are handmade with care using a revolutionary medium called metal clay in which precious metal particles are mixed with an organic binder and water. In this raw form, its properties are like that of clay, which allows me to design each piece individually. Once fired at approximately 1,500 degrees in a kiln, the organic binder burns off, and what is left is .999 fine silver. I am also an avid rock collector and often use semi precious stones in my designs. My favorite stone is turquoise – a nod to my native New Mexico.