A native of California, Karen now splits her time between her studios in Florida and coastal Virginia. While working as a teacher of the deaf, Karen launched her jewelry business in the 1980s with a collection that featured American Sign Language hands signing "love" and "friendship". Working full time as a designer and goldsmith for the past 18 years, Karen's work incorporates precious metals and gemstones.
Unlike many jewelry designers, Karen is a metalsmith who forges each of her pieces herself from design through to the final polish and stone setting. "I am fascinated by ancient architecture and jewelry and those shapes become woven into my own designs and link me to centuries of metalworking traditions." The spiral shape occurs often in her pieces. This ancient symbol of eternity has been evident in jewelry for thousands of years but has a contemporary feeling still today.
Karen uses pearls in many of her jewelry collections. Pearls are selected by hand for their color, shape, and luminescence. Holding the degree of Pearls Graduate from GIA, the Gemological Institute of America, Karen creates pearl jewelry for any occasion.
Working with a variety of metals and stones, Karen has been creating jewelry for nearly 30 years.
Karen's jewelry can be found primarily on select cruise ships worldwide when she travels as the guest artist. Here, you can find those unique pieces and purchase them directly from the artist who created them.