"The Amulet collection continues the investigation of circular objects. The eye-shaped orb is worn to be seen and to see the other in a communion of desire."
"Humor, whimsy, childhood nostalgia motivated my Animal Cracker designs, a break from more inquiring work. Often a girl's first piece of jewelry- loved and worn all her life."
"The thorns and spines that protect some plants are referred to as passive armament. When you wear the thorns you become the rose, alluring yet armed..."
"Bamboo pays homage to this giant grass for its expression of peace, serenity and persistence. My Bamboo designs focus on the node, the essential strength of the growth system of the bamboo grass."
Banana Flower & Banana Leaf
"New Orleans is a tropical city, banana trees have been here since colonial times. I was intrigued by the contrast of the delicate little bloom of the banana flower and the huge floppy leaf of the tree."
"My charming bracelets have opening links, allowing the wearer to change their charms to suit their mood."
Colonnade & Reeded
"The architecture of New Orleans is made to evoke dreams of the past. As beautifully as it adorns homes it adorns women."
Conservation, Preservation & Education
"I have long been an active preservationist and art advocate."
Crowns & Carnival
"Here in New Orleans, maskers offers favors for the Mardi Gras season as a memory of the fleeting spectacle. Since my childhood I have loved these rituals of the season, the mysteries of our midwinter celebrations."
"As its name suggests, Corall was inspired by sea coral and coral reeds, which serve as home to many sea animals and plants. Precious coral jewelry is the oldest form of gemstone jewelry, even predating the use of pearls."
"In New Orleans our cemeteries are above ground, dreamlike cities of whitewashed buildings. Cruxx celebrates the wrought iron crosses of these mysterious places."
"Just as I collected shells, I also collected bones. I was curious how the shape of bones reflect the natural environment and movement of the creature."
"As the Japanese stylize patterns from nature, I too have looked for such detailed patterns - fish scale, alligator hide, the pattern of a wave - here hand-engraved in two-dimension."
Fences & Exotica
"Intrigued by the idea of defining space and dominion I created the Fences Collection. Fences is about marking off what is yours."
Fleur de Lis
"The Fleur de Lis is the symbol of New Orleans, signifying light and life. It has never been more meaningful to us."
Full Of Grace
"A simple design, emphasizing and framing the beauty of the natural, untouched pearl."
"Ancient cultures attach mysterious meaning to stones, which sometimes represent constellations or months of the year. The Gemma collection features uncut, unpolished birthstones, with the Anno bracelet including the birthstones of each month of the year."
"Red fish, speckled trout, yellow fin tuna...I've caught them, on the end of a hook and in sterling or gold."
"My heart designs transform a classically soft symbol into bold contemporary statements. These designs tell stories of love and sometimes a touch of heartache."
This new collection reveals the strength and beautiful form of a seemingly delicate source. Inspired by lacework, these new creations reexamine fashion traditions and explore the heirloom in a personal and modern direction.
"As Hive evolved I started to comprehend how the transference to silver and gold informed and enhanced this ordered hexagonal repetitious form. It became more."
"Ironworks is a collection of jewelry celebrating the decorative work that adorns the Cabildo and other buildings in the historic French Quarter."
Knots & Bows
"Combining my love of fashion and my study of sculpture, I created a collection of knots and bows. The jewelry captures the texture of fabric in timeless precious metals."
"Inspired by an interest in Botanical Studies, the Lily collection reveals the intricate detail of the flower that is sometimes overlooked."
"I see what I have seen all my life, the sensual beauty of my environment...the inlets and marshes of south Louisiana stretching to the Gulf, the tropical and concealed quality of plants and animals that live in the swamps..."
"The contrast of moonstone and hematite express the dark and light side of the moon. The rings and bangles represent the imaginary circle, or meridian, passing through the center of the earth and the zenith of space."
"Opus began with the ring...often the most intimate and meaningful piece of jewelry. Here I was not working within a theme but rather being driven by the stone."
"Orb images the heavenly bodies of our celestial neighborhood and engenders their significance, physical and spiritual, in human experience."
"The name Particles came from the physics definition. I created these designs small in scale. Particles are pieces of matter small in size yet still having the force of attraction. I think that speaks well for the power of the collection."
Peppers & Fruit
"When I reduce nature's forms to the least common denominator, I discover endless design possibilities. I examine secrets found in simple familiar forms and translate them into miniature sculptures."
"I am intrigued by the notions of marking borders and setting boundaries. I have transformed this powerful architectural element into a collection of jewelry."
"Romanesque Return is a tribute to the historic library in New Orleans. I found myself deconstructing Henry Hobson Richardson's intricate architectural details and miniaturizing them as jewelry."
"I love the antecedents of the rose- and using beautiful pearls with their pristine qualities to set off the feminine mystique of the rose."
"Schema is a system of classic architectural banding motifs and allows the wearer to enter the design process with me."
"Sea is my first collection. The creations are bold and elegant in their simplicity. When a form is transferred from its natural materials into another material qualities remain, new qualities are adopted. This marriage produces a particular vitality, central to my conception."
"Snoballs are such a New Orleans concoction. Growing up, getting one of the frozen confections was a treat. Spearmint and nectar are my favorites - the ultra, ultra sweet ones."
"The Symmetry collection included several different nuts such as pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts, acorns, etc. The name of the collection was derived from the symmetrical shape of the two sides of the fruit in the center of the nut."
"From the earliest days of civilization, markers of stone have been used to record the passing of time. Millennium and my talisman collections draw on that ritual, celebrate the passage of time and commemorate special anniversaries."
"Tulips are included in the Whimsies collection and have grown, through popular demand, into a collection of their own."
"The Whimsies collection is just that: an otherwise unclassifiable group of designs that result from whims that surface from time to time. If the whim is strong enough, fun enough to pursue, it becomes a piece of jewelry."
"A colloquium and trip to Yucatan sparked my interest in corn, the grain of the new world. I designed Zea using Mayan nomenclature for names of the this large body of work with strong ritualistic overtones."
John Humphries Designs
"Ball chain feels good against your skin...when you align it, it becomes graphic and fluid."
Lucky by Dawn DeDeaux
Inspired by Dawn DeDeaux's Prospect 2 installation - The Goddess Fortuna and Her Dunce, in an Attempt to Make Sense of it All - an interpretation of the novel, A Confederacy of Dunces written by John Kennedy Toole.