I believe that knowing how we connect with history and place can give us a better sense of ourselves. Incorporating personal items into our lives that are rich in symbolism, history or myth enable us to connect with the past and make those stories part of our own.
A unique piece of jewelry, chosen for its inherent qualities and the meaning it holds for the wearer is much more than a beautiful accessory or means of personal expression. It can also be a source of personal power because of the feelings it evokes whenever you wear it. I knew I wanted jewelry that held meaning for me, and I believe most people do.
I started The Purple Raven Boutique as a creative outlet in 2012. I decided that perhaps I could make the kind of jewelry I was seeking but could rarely find. I make bold, elegant jewelry for women and men, in copper, bronze, sterling and argentium silver and gold-filled metals. My techniques are rooted in history, but my designs are at home in the modern age. Story and meaning drive my work. I tell clients the story behind each piece, to help them understand what moved me to create it and, hopefully, illuminate what draws them to it.
My home is in Newfoundland and Labrador, a place of rugged beauty, steeped in history and rich in culture. Many of my pieces have been inspired by the stories of this place and my experiences as a part of it. For example, the L'Anse Aux Meadows Collection features Viking wire knitting and chainmail techniques and draws inspiration from the Norse history and their connection to this province. The Dark Side Collection is inspired by the mysterious, gray fog that frequents our shores, And the Story Pendant Collection features one-of-a-kind cabochons each with a unique story to tell.
My studio is located on beautiful Bell Island, just a short drive and ferry ride from the St. John's Airport. At present, I am open to the public by appointment only. Please email me to book a visit through the contact info at the bottom of this page.
At The Purple Raven Boutique, every piece of jewelry tells a story. Make one part of yours.