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Meet Cathy

Everyone needs a bit of bling to "shine and sparkle!" to make every day feel like a special occasion. I've had the gift to do what I love-designing my jewelry collections for The Elegant Bead-for the past 22 years! I start by creating pieces that I love as I find a need for them in my own wardrobe and lifestyle, and I am delighted to share my creations with my customers to suit their desires. I love working with my customers to help them find jewelry for their everyday wear and special occasions! I take great pride in my work and I love seeking out beautiful beads and unique finds that reflect The Elegant Bead's high workmanship standards.

A few fun facts about me: I credit my grandmother and mother for their style genes, as well their fashion influences on me growing up. I am a fraternal twin and my sister is one of my muses, as well as my BFF. I am lucky to be married for 28 years with two wonderful kids, a semi-empty nest and a golden retriever named Stella who keep us on our toes, in sunny/snowy Centennial, Colorado. My favorite foods include Brie, shrimp cocktail, Marcona almonds, chocolate and green mint ice cream! Sounds like a great meal, doesn't it?

I guess you can say I have an adventure/ travel bug. I rode my bicycle 500 miles across the Eastern part of Canada (Prince Edward Island, Magdalene Islands, Nova Scotia) when I was fifteen as part of a student hosteling program trip with ten people I didn't know ahead of time. It was amazing, scary, fun, tiresome, but a fantastic opportunity! I went to Girl Scout camp for six years, all summer long and paddled a canoe for 88 miles on the Susquehanna River - fun, challenging at times, but oh the memories, as all but two of us were from the same high school and were good friends, and all of us had been going to the same camp for years!

Many years ago, I left the dismal gray skies of Scranton, PA and headed west to Tucson to the University of Arizona, literally sight unseen! Fearless before it was a thing. Needless to say, the blue skies of AZ had me at hello. We moved to Centennial, CO in 2002 for my husband's work; I came kicking and screaming, but have learned to bloom where I'm planted. Luckily, the same blue skies are just as abundant in Colorado and the winters are mild.

Whether it's CO, AZ, or the beaches of Hawaii and California, I soak in my surroundings for my inspiration. I've been fortunate enough to visit Mexico, Malta, Tunisia, Paris, and Italy. At the Vatican, I was so entranced by a lapis fleur-de-lis on the floor that I lost my husband and the tour group.

I hope others will enjoy the jewelry I create as much as I do, as I want to create wearable works of art via semi-precious stones, Swarovski crystals, and unique findings, all designed to help create your individual style.