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Jewelry Navigator Explores What Inspires Jeweler and Artist, Christina Grace, Founder of Tin Haus

Jewelry Navigator Explores What Inspires Jeweler and Artist, Christina Grace, Founder of Tin Haus

July 2, 2020

Last week, on Jewelry Navigator Podcast, “Here's to the Men in Our Lives - Jewelry to Celebrate Men and Dads”, I featured jewelry for men, and Tin Haus was featured with the Andromeda ring.

Christina Grace, founder of Tin Haus, is a Graduate Jeweler from GIA, an artist, and currently completing her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree.


What inspires me the most about Christina is the unhindered path she creates for yourself.

When we tap into the stillness of our souls with courage and sincerity about what we want, we’re released of other’s expectations and assumptions, only then can we grow to express who we are, and what we value.

For Christina, her expertise is well rounded.
As a first generation American, her family immigrated to the States.

Her family moved to California, where Christina flourished within various art mediums, including performance and movie arts.

Learning to leverage where you are, with whom you can collaborate and grow creates a limitless path.

While exploring and expanding her collections, Christina  integrates her acquired knowledge with what inspires her.

Utilizing her education, background, and connections, Christina is creating a flight plan with her art and jewelry to inspire others to discover and celebrate their unique expression from their own self discovery.

You can find Tin Haus at and on Instagram @tin_haus

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Christina and I spoke for nearly 90 minutes! The last part of our conversation is reserved for Jewelry Navigator Ground Crew members - an exclusive look and listen to behind the scene conversation available on my Patreon Page - a way to support Jewelry Navigator Podcast, and the time and equipment it takes to produce the podcast.

My intention is always to educate and inform consumers with direct resources to unique jewelry created and fabricated by independent designers and makers.
I so appreciate you joining me here on Jewelry Navigator Podcast, and learning about and supporting the designers and jewelers featured on the podcast.

Christina explained that her upcoming collection will be set with gems she's been hoarding, and just waiting to be enhanced by her designs.

If you’d like to hear more about Christina’s familiarity with the healing properties of crystals and gemstones, join Jewelry Navigator Ground Crew for the exclusive segment of our conversation about the healing properties of gems and crystals!

Christina said something  insightful during our conversation where she points out that there’s a reason why we’re attracted to jewelry and gemstones!


You can listen to the full length discussion about Christina’s favorite crystals, and how we can use them to enhance our lives through my Patreon Page feature, Jewelry Navigator Ground Crew.

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Here’s to the Men in Our Lives - Jewelry to Celebrate Men and Dads

Here’s to the Men in Our Lives - Jewelry to Celebrate Men and Dads

June 18, 2020

Men tend to get overlooked with jewelry -

Watches and wedding bands are the staples for most men, while signet, diamond and gemstone statement rings as signature statements.

Educating consumers with unique selections of gemstones and jewelry has always been a primary focus for Jewelry Navigator.

In this Jewelry Navigator Podcast episode, I'm highlighting designers who've been featured on the podcast, as well as one who will be very soon with jewelry designed to enhance and celebrate the men in our lives.

Designers featured create everything from cufflinks, bracelets, necklaces and pendants and rings.

Tracy Trainor Jewellery

CRASH Jewelry

Mary van der Aa

Tucson Todd's Gems

Tin Haus

Etsy Artisans with featured storage boxes for jewelry and watches:

Buttons and Pearl, Sara Barbadillo, and Fret Work by Darryl.

Questions to Move Forward

Questions to Move Forward

June 4, 2020

This is a brief episode today.

I didn't include my normal introduction, so if this is your first episode, welcome.
To understand what my platform is, please listen to any other episode, and you'll understand.

After feeling paralyzed, not knowing how to move forward with the current chaos, I felt it appropriate to encourage my listeners, and everyone, to ask questions.
Questions of how to move forward with compassion and understanding.
Questions of what to do next, and how to help.
Questions of how we want our future to look like and feel.
And, questions of how we can integrate with live filled with respect, understanding, and inclusion that is natural and normal.

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Missy Graff Ballone of Wellness for Makers Shares How Artists Can Move to Stay Healthy

Missy Graff Ballone of Wellness for Makers Shares How Artists Can Move to Stay Healthy

May 14, 2020

Missy Graff Ballone of Wellness for Makers Shares How Artists Can Move to Stay Healthy

While the COVID-19 crisis and resulting quarantine have challenged many aspects of our lives, finding positive ways to guide us through to the other side have been inspiring.

While scrolling through Instagram one day, I came across Missy Graff Ballone’s feed, Wellness for Makers.

A metalsmith, alignment based yoga instructor, and licensed massage therapist, Missy shares how makers can work more efficiency using healthy movement habits.

She combines her education and familiarity with the body to show makers and creatives how to care for their hands and avoid common injuries with mindful movement.

In Wellness for Makers Podcast, Missy shares tips for makers in and out of the studio, along with inspiring stories of artists and makers who have recovered from injuries.

I’m happy and excited for Missy to share her specialized expertise, and to give back to makers and artists during the COVID recovery, Missy is offering scholarships for her courses, one of which will be donated through this episode of Jewelry Navigator Podcast!

To enter for a scholarship giveaway for a Wellness for Makers Precious Movements Course for jewelers, visit to enter.

Wellness for Makers

People from every walk of life and career are susceptible to injury, many of which happen from repetitive movement, poor alignment and posture.

Combining her education and familiarity with the body and movement, Missy has created a parallel business teaching artists and creators to protect their health and their hands.

Missy also offers helpful resources on her website, which include a free self-care guide, her “Guide to Happy Healthy Hands”, her free Mini Course, “Creating Resilience”, and helpful tools for small businesses.



Retail Survival - Supporting Small Businesses & Indie Jewelry Designers

Retail Survival - Supporting Small Businesses & Indie Jewelry Designers

May 8, 2020

I hope you’re staying safe and well, and I’m looking forward to when we can return to our places of work, get our hair cut, nails done, and get back to all those services and shops that are part of regular routines.

Part of the normal routine this time of year is shopping for the seasonal celebrations, like Mother’s Day and graduations.

But, shopping from our favorite stores doesn’t have to stop.

This podcast is dedicated to all the small businesses who’ve been doing what they can to serve their customers in spite of “closed doors” and customers sheltered in place.

I know it’s easy to swing by Target or Walmart and pick up what we need, but, small businesses need our support, and many are offering similar, and sometimes better, accommodations with deliveries, pick ups, and custom orders.

Milestones and accomplishments are traditionally celebrated with jewelry and keepsakes. The most unique selections are found in small and independent stores.  
The point of this podcast is to encourage you to support the small and local stores near you by reaching out and enlisting their help and services for your gift needs.

But on the flip side, while this may not be the best timing to make a significant purchase, don't forget that most small jewelry stores offer repair services.
Many repairs and remakes are reasonably priced options for refurbishing heirlooms and repairing a favorite item of jewelry stashed away in your jewelry box.

Mother’s Day Poem Sharing Support for Small Business and Indie Jewelry Designers

“Days before Mother’s Day, across the land, moms are busy with work at hand.

Many at home, others away, moms need a break on the 10th of May.

A jewel or a trinket in just the right measure, reminds every mom she’s a rare treasure.

Avoid the crowds, but leave us six feet, small businesses make shopping fun and neat.

Online, curbside, delivery or in person - shop small, buy local, mountains to coastal.

Small business is open with wonderful ways to celebrate Mom on the 10th of May!”

  • Brenna Pakes


Designers and stores mentioned in this episode:

  •  Designers and Small Indie Jewelers:
  • Petite Baleine Jewelry (Pam Waill)
  • Karin Jacobson
  • MINTON (assisting Direct Relief)
  • Emily Kuvin Jewelry
  • CRASH Jewelry
  • Mary van der Aa (assisting - Puppy Love all proceeds going to Best Friends Animal Society)
  • Joyce Morton (Mila & Such face masks


Stores and Boutiques:

  • Beauty Lounge, Summit, NJ
  • Robert Goodman Jewelers  Zionsville, IN




Alain Simic Shares His Story and Insights on Successful Jewelry Branding Narratives

Alain Simic Shares His Story and Insights on Successful Jewelry Branding Narratives

April 17, 2020

My guest in this Jewelry Navigator Podcast episode is Alain Simic, founder of Alain Simic (pronounced Ah-lawn Si-mich) whose specialty is portraying images of jewelry, fashion, fine art, and portraiture.

Alain’s photography speaks through images, allowing his subject’s voice to share stories and impact the lives of those who see his work.

Alain serves his clients and collaborates with his professional community through a unique background based on his perspective gained through professional photography experinece, and first hand life crisis.

Raised in Germany after his family escaped the Bosnian genocide, Alain’s experiences and upbringing enables him to share his client’s narrative through a lens of compassion and understanding elevates his relationships with his clients for successful campaigns and images.

 While his photography is used as a marketing tool to create successful branding and product campaigns, Alain also serves the communities in which he works through collaborative efforts.

Alain has contributed to Jewelry Independent panels which serve emerging and independent jewelry designers on various marketing and business topics.

Most recently, he teamed up with Laryssaa Wirstiuk of Joy Joya Marketing on a Metal and Smith’s Instagram Live presentation to share how jewelry designers and businesses can adapt their efforts through the COVID - 19 crisis.

 While this time of quarantine is restricting for an industry, which relies on personal experience, now's the time to take advantage to review and reflect on your branding messages, visions, and direction.

If you're a consumer, reflect on what jewelry is most important to you. Are there pieces you don't wear, but would like to use to redesign or update?
Explore options with your local jeweler or favorite designer on how to re-make and reuse what you have, or purchase new - afterall, birthdays and anniversaries ignore the quarantine!

I found Alain’s advice a reminder of how an image says so much without words, and how important quality images are to a brand’s story and to its potential perceptions, especially on one’s website.

If you’d like to start a conversation with Alain about working with him on your photography and branding, reach out to him by e-mail or DM on Instagram, as he is continues to work remotely, taking careful considerations and precautions from his studio.

His e-mail can be found on his website, which is 
Follow or DM him in Instagram at @alainsimic.


WHAT'S COMING UP ON Jewelry Navigator Podcast 

Next week, I’m going to be exploring ways we can continue to support our shopping and jewelry needs by working with online options with designers and jewelers, and begin sharing stories of the brick and mortar stores who are still working to serve their customers and communities.

If you have a story of an exceptional independent jewelry store who is doing their best to serve their customers and accounts, reach out to me, and tell me about them!

Some that come to mind are Beauty Lounge in Summit NJ, Benold’s in Austin, TX, and voted the best in my town of Fredericksburg, VA, Ulman’s Jewelry, owned by the same family, and in its 93rd year of business.

These, and many more small businesses working remotely or from location, as permitted, are doing what they can to serve their customers and communities, and I’m thrilled to learn about what and how people are continuing to serve and celebrate even in a time of crisis, so with that, it’s time to “deplane” from this episode, and remind everyone to be kind to yourself and others, and to cross check your sparkle!

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Special Edition Podcast - Celebrating Faith With Seraphima McClean of Gallery Byzantium (Portion re-cap from 12/2019)

Special Edition Podcast - Celebrating Faith With Seraphima McClean of Gallery Byzantium (Portion re-cap from 12/2019)

April 11, 2020

This weekend, I chose to share segments of my podcast interview with Seraphima McLean of Gallery Byzantium.


Her formal background in art history, cast her in the unique role to carry on her family’s Byzantine art jewelry business.


Gallery Byzantium integrates art and history inspired by one of the most influential cultures, the Byzantine Empire.


Creating Christian themed jewelry, like crosses and religious medals, their jewelry designs are often replicated from ancient coins, medallions, and crosses.


As Christians all over the globe celebrate Easter, this weekend, I felt sharing a portion of the story of Gallery Byzantium would resonate with the liturgical celebration of Easter, but also serve as a reminder to stay strong in our faith, regardless of denomination or belief.


The followng is a clip from my Jewelry Navigator podcast visit in early December, 2019, and is part of my effort to support the independent designers and jewelers featured on Jewelry Navigator Podcast.

through the COVID 19 crisis who’ve been

I hope everyone is staying well, and I look forward to when we can all meet again at shows, stores, and boutiques.


Enjoy your holiday and spring weekend!


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I’ll be publishing a new Jewelry Navigator Passport on Sunday, so be sure to catch up on what happened and what’s coming up on the podcast, and other jewelry discoveries!


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Karin Jacobson’s Jewelry Journey and How Origami Plays a Significant Role in Her Designs

Karin Jacobson’s Jewelry Journey and How Origami Plays a Significant Role in Her Designs

April 9, 2020

Karin Jacobson is a talented jeweler and artist whose open mind and fabrication techniques allows her to interpret visions into beautiful, wearable jewelry art.

Her journey and aesthetic have revealed a unique style that has become unquestionably recognizable as Karin Jacobson Jewelry.

I’ve been a fan of her jewelry for a few years now, and the evolution of her aesthetic has been a joy to watch.

Karin’s stand-out signature aesthetics are hybrid origami halos that bloom from ring wraps, stick pins, earrings, and graceful pendants that drape from neck wires.

The origami features make Karin’s jewelry sculptural, and many of her collectors and clients display them as such in between wear.

Karin has earned many industry design awards, and this year, was only one of three jewelers selected to take part in MJSA’s annual contest, “Mystery Box Challenge”,  a fun, but challenging test to create jewelry using fabrication elements contained within the mystery box.

Her resulting entry reflected her signature origami floral aesthetics. While the copper clay included in the essential components of the mystery box presented a conundrum, how she chose to implement the copper clay is a perfect example of her creative problem solving skills as an innovative artist.

I’ve met Karin twice - both in Baltimore at the American Craft Council Show this year, and last, and count myself as extremely lucky to have enjoyed one of the last jewelry trade and craft shows since the outbreak of COVID-19.

I look forward to seeing Karin and her jewelry creations in person again.

Sit back, relax, and enjoy my visit with Karin Jacobson!


Coping With the COVID-19 Crisis Using Self-Care Strategies With Dr. Dana Busch

Coping With the COVID-19 Crisis Using Self-Care Strategies With Dr. Dana Busch

April 2, 2020

Coping With the COVID-19 Crisis Using Self-Care Strategies With Dr. Dana Busch


Stress. Anxiety. Uncertainty.


These are all dark places that become natural responses to stressful and uncertain times, like the COVID-19 health crisis we’re currently experiencing.  


The reason for this podcast is to invite you to take a step back and use internal cognitive tools and rational thought processes to view this time as opportunity, and how to disarm stress and anxiety.


Today, I’m joined by Dr. Dana Busch, my friend, artist, and jewelry designer.


As a former clinical psychologist, Dana shares ways we can tap into what we can do now for ways to move forward.


To access the resources Dana mentioned in the podcast, download the resources, visit





Resources, Articles and Videos mentioned in Jewelry Navigator Podcast Livestream with Dr. Dana Busch





Resources for Resilience





Energy Tools To Help You Feel Safer during the Coronavirus Outbreak With Donna Eden and David Feinstein - YouTube


Gregg Braden







“These 6 Simple Habits Can help Calm Your Cornoavirus anxieties, by Stephanie Vozza”, Fast Company



“Seven Ways to Quell Coronavirus Related Anxiety”, Mashable, Rachel Thompson, March 6, 2020



“The Effects of Toxic Stress On The Brain & Body – How to Heal & Protect “

Posted by Karen Young, Hey Sigmund




Global Wellness Institute Cautions Industry and Consumers to Sift Fact from Fiction When It Comes to Immunity-Boosting Claims for Coronavirus”,





For those who may need financial support for small business, seek out your local Small Business Administration office. 

Often times, these offices are located within or collaborate with colleges and universities.




Main website is U.S. Small Business Administration

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources


An example of a resource in Dana’s area is the 

Colorado Business Committee for the Arts.

You may have a similar resource in your area.





List Of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Small Business Relief Programs


Brianna McGurran

Forbes Staff


Contributor Group

Personal Finance

Brianna McGurran is the loans editor for Forbes Advis

Noor Shamma Combines Beautiful  Detail and Sustainable Practices For Universally Appealing Jewelry

Noor Shamma Combines Beautiful Detail and Sustainable Practices For Universally Appealing Jewelry

March 29, 2020

As we wrap up Women’s History Month in a couple days, today, I share my visit with Noor Shamma, jewelry designer, single mother, and driven career woman.

Noor is the epitome of self motivation and drive.

She gracefully achieves balance and peace through her persona, jewelry designs, and practices  compassion through it all with sustainable practices in the sources she chooses for her jewelry.

While managing a full time career in marketing and communications with motherhood, Noor stays grounded through the creative processes of her eponymous jewelry collection and business, Noor Shamma.

Inspired by childhood creative passions of needlework, Noor combines detail reminiscent of meticulous needlework with the complexity inherent in architecture as main focal points of her aesthetic.

At the time I recorded my conversation with Noor, she had recently completed several shows and engagements with Noor Shamma jewelry, from New York at Metal and Smith to London Fashion Week.

Between then and now, the COVID-19 health crisis put a screeching halt to any and all gatherings, meetings, and shows.

We look forward to when we can share and see jewelry first hand at shows, but until then, I’ll continue to share the stories of designers and jewelry.

For now, enjoy Noor’s story, where I begin my visit with Noor as she explains that her “day” job is head of marketing and communications for a an exclusive university specializing in AI.


The full transcript of this podcast will be available within a day or so. visit my website, for the transcript along with photos and videos of Noor’s jewelry.

You can find Noor’s jewelry on her website, and on her Instagram account,


I’m in the process of creating new podcasts and ways to engage and stay connected during this time of quarantine and health alert.

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Jewelry Navigator This Week’s Enthusiast of the Week on The Tundra!

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I was featured as Enthusiast of The Week on the Tundra, and I am grateful to be the host of a Group within the Gemstones Category of interests as Jewelry Navigator.

I invite you to explore the Tundra’s vast offering of informative and entertaining content on

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Until next time, stay safe, well, and cross check your sparkle (with clean hands)!

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