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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.

Be sure to subscribe to Jewelry Navigator Podcast and Jewelry Navigator Passport for updates and news, and follow Jewelry Navigator on Instagram at


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

On this episdoe, the In-Flight Information Feature breaks in at the 24:54 mark to share an exciting platform of exploration.

The Tundra is a platform featuring curated content from podcasts and other platforms, which is streamlined and featured on the Tundra in specific GROUPS.

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

To visit Jewelry Navigator Group, visit me at

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

My Jewelry Discoveries from the Tucson, New York, and Baltimore Shows

My Jewelry Discoveries from the Tucson, New York, and Baltimore Shows

March 11, 2020

Welcome back to Jewelry Navigator Podcast!

It's been a few weeks since I last published a podcast episode and the last one was the pre-departure for my Tucson trip and that was in February.


We're rolling into the second week of March, and I wanted to catch you up on what and who I saw in  Tucson.


You can follow along with my Instagram feed as I’ve posted support content that will coordinate with the podcast.


Another thing I want to mention that I'm creating, I'm really excited about, it's sort of like a magazine feature that will be on a devoted page to the Tucson show. I started to create a new category on my website which will be devoted to shows and the designers that I meet and feature from the shows.




02:16 So let's get busy! If you're unfamiliar with what trade shows are for the jewelry industry, they're essentially the same as trade shows and conferences are to every other industry in that they offer a lifeline through which industries can learn the latest advancements and shop the latest products within their industry.


While the cost to attend or exhibit and an is an investment of time and money, trade shows are still a really good way to form a nurture relationships with industry peers and specialists.


I've had the privilege of meeting and getting to know gem and jewelry specialists and by attending these shows and conferences, mostly trade shows. Now the trade shows can be divided in a couple of different ways.


Many trade shows exclusively serve businesses in the trade, so you have to have a business or a business license in order to shop wholesale from these trade shows.


Some of the shows that I attended in Tucson are open to the public, so it's not necessary to have a business license to attend these shows.


Although if you want the, if you want the benefit of being able to shop at a wholesale price, then you have to have a resale license or own a business.


03:48 Okay. Onto my adventures in Tucson!

Tucson, Arizona becomes a Mecca for gem, mineral and jewelry fanatics collectors and buyers.


They all show up in Tucson anywhere from mid January through mid February and the entire downtown region transforms into a blanket of white event tents along with hotels that had been converted into venues for gem and jewelry vendors and a little bit of history for you.


The Tucson gem and mineral show began in 1955 originally it was held and an elementary school and the show was established by the Tucson gem and mineral society. But in 1973 it got too big, so they had to move it to the Tucson community center and by now it's basically taken over the city.


04:54 This was my second year attending the shows in Tucson and after establishing relationships in the past year with a few select designers who were attending Tucson, and also a couple of shows in New York at the New York now show, my focus was narrowed to supporting these designers who were exhibiting in these shows.


If you've been listening to jewelry navigator podcast, you know the dynamics and the purpose of why I share the stories of the designers and the gem information is because I want to bring an awareness and an education that these designers exist and that there are different kinds of gemstones that you can work with and select for jewelry.


I'm always always about supporting the small designer who is doing something different and unique for those people who do want to stand out.


And whenever I can, I visit the designers and feature them on the podcast. And most of the designers that I have featured on the podcast I've ever met, met them at a show or knew them before I started the podcast. So it's just been a delight to share their stories through through the past couple of years. And with this being international women's day just yesterday, but also celebrating it through the month of March. I just want to share a gratitude for the women designers who I have featured on the podcast and you can go through and listen to past episodes. I'm not going to list everybody now because there are close to 70 podcasts now and most of them have had guests and actually most of them have been women.




8:10 The first show I attended while in Tucson was the Select Show at the Westin La Paloma Resort and Spa.




Debra Navarro


Debra Navarro exhibited at both the Select Show, February 2-3, and the JCK Tucson Show at the JW Marriott Starr Pass, February 5-8.


Debra is always a delight to visit, and is as brilliant and beautiful as the gemstones she selects for her unique jewelry.



On her table, were small white dishes filled with rough gemstones that looked like a courtesy offering of candy to guests.


While Debra’s jewelry is colorful and beautiful, part of her jewelry’s story is all about how the rough gems she uses are traceable, and how they support the people and communities at the sources.


For more on Debra’s exclusive features during my visit in Tucson 2020, visit Jewelry Navigator, and you can visit her website directly at Debra Navarro.

Debra was my guest last year on Jewelry Navigator Podcast in a double episode!





Mary van der Aa


10:30   The second show I attended was the Pueblo Show at the Ramada on Cushing Street to see Mary van der Aa and Todd Wacks of Tucson Todd’s Gems.


I remember first meeting Mary van der Aa and Todd Wacks in 2019 at the Pueblo Gem and Mineral Show, and how excited I was to find them!


I first learned about Mary in Southern Jewelry News in a story about how she created a pageant crown using precious metal and gemstones. While meandering the Ramada hotel grounds where the Pueblo show takes place, I realized Mary van der Aa was exhibiting her jewelry with Tucson Todd’s Gems, and was beyond thrilled!


This year, I did an extensive story with Mary and Todd, and will be releasing it in parts through the next few months as I follow them through their show tour across the country.


All of the stones she uses are fascinated by Todd.


In the webpage dedicated to Mary’s Tucson story on Jewelry Navigator, she shares the story of how Todd found a very rare and limit variety of color change garnet, called pastel pyrope.

Seriously, it's one of the most unique things I've ever seen!



Dana Busch Designs


And the last designer that I supported and did a showcase or some stories on was Dana Bush of Dana Bush designs.


Dana exhibited at the JCK Tucson show, February 5th through 8th. Unfortunately, I had to leave the morning of the fifth to get back to Virginia, so I did as much as I could that morning and I'm so glad I did.


I got a fabulous video of her explaining how she works with her clients, which is really unique and the stones that she uses for her jewelry are just fabulous!


Her artistic superpower is selecting gem materials and metals to compliment or contrast the central stones of her designs and her jewelry.


They often reflects inspiration of nature's landscapes from deserts, mountains, and seaside.


Dana has been featured in several fashion editorial publications as well as recognized as one of 10 standout designers at the 2020 JC K Tucson show.


I was so excited for Dana. She did great and every time I was around her booth she was surrounded by curious people who were so excited to see her, her jewelry and some of the words I kept hearing from attendees were,  “This is so different. It's so unusual. It's so unique”, and what's really cool besides being such a wonderful person that Dana is, is that she will customize collections for you, whether your’re a direct to consumer interest or a store.


If you have a specific color scheme that you want to work with. She will work around that and create beautiful jewelry creations, earrings, necklaces, bracelets, but her specialty are earrings and necklaces. You can hear more about Dana's story on Jewelry Navigator Podcast.



Remote Coverage of NY Now Show


While I was in Tucson, I wanted to support a couple of the designers that I featured on the podcast who were exhibiting and showing in New York at the New York now show, one of whom is Pam Waill.


Pam is the creative force and genius of joyful organic elegance that is Petite Baleine Jewelry.


Her collections are delightful and are unexpected combinations of gems, pearls, metal, and materials that can seamlessly transform from casual coffee to date night out on the city.


Pam exhibited at the New York now show in luxury lifestyle and she graciously shared a wonderful video of her booth so I could be there as well. I've created show pages for each of the designers under a sub category.


On my website there is a menu that you can pull down and it's under shows, jewelry shows, and then it has to sawn and you can find each designer has a highlighted separate page.



Elizabeth Moore


Elizabeth Moore creates jewelry inspired by her southern roots, but grounded by direction in the Big Apple.

Her collections share symbols that celebrate reminders of inner strength using ethically sourced gems, like Montana sapphires, Kingsman, turquoise, pretty pink Opal set in repurposed 18kt gold. ⁣

You can find Elizabeth at and on Instagram @elizabethmoorenyc




Tracy Trainor


The last designer that I featured and talked about (and wore) in Tucson was Tracy Trainor.


While Tracy lives and creates her jewelry in Dublin, Ireland, she was with me in jewelry spirit in Tucson!


Tracy captures subtle movement in nature or animals through her jewelry, and how she interprets it with her wax carving, to the finish and how the textures are positioned.

Gem Show Pre-Departure Lounge 2020

Gem Show Pre-Departure Lounge 2020

January 30, 2020

Gem Show Pre-Departure Lounge 2020


Welcome to the first Jewelry Navigator Podcast episode of 2020!


It’s been a while since you heard from me. I took some time off during the holidays, and now that everyone’s settled back into school and work, it’s time to get down to jewelry business!


Trade shows have been centralized events for various industries to learn about and share the latest resources, network, and celebrate.


The Tucson Gem Show just kicked the jewelry industry trade shows off, and this weekend, in New York City, the NYNow Show is hosting a myriad of luxury accessories and gifts.


As my heart and enthusiasm will always be with gems, I’m choosing to attend the Tucson Gem Shows, which is a conglomerate of many shows held throughout downtown Tucson.


In this podcast, I share a sample of designers who will be exhibiting at either the Tucson or NYNow Shows.

All those featured have been guests on Jewelry Navigator Podcast, and I’m excited to share what’s new with them and continue to tell their story directly from Tucson.


Featured Designers in the Podcast


Mary van der Aa

Exhibiting at the Pueblo Show


Room 107



Dana Busch of Dana Busch Designs

Exhibiting at JCK  Booth 319


JW Marriott Starr Pass


Petite Baleine Jewelry

Pam Waill


Luxury Lifestyle Booth 3706



Debra Navarro

Select Tucson


February 2-3, 2020⁠

La Paloma Resort ⁠

Tucson, AZ⁠

BOOTH 101⁠


JCK Tucson

February 5-8, 2020⁠

JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort⁠

Tucson, AZ⁠



Also Mentioned:


Gem Legacy

Tracy Trainor


Elizabeth Moore

How to be Your Own Elegant Rebel With Sue Oster, Founder of Feral Jewelry

How to be Your Own Elegant Rebel With Sue Oster, Founder of Feral Jewelry

December 12, 2019

Sue Oster is the fearless force behind Feral Jewelry.
She shares an interpretation of life’s strength and vulnerabilities using her signature collections created with sustainable and ethically sourced precious materials, combining design elements to celebrate who we are and what makes us unique.

She IS the Elegant Rebel, and her MO of highlighting anomalies and unexpected elements are the thread with which she shares her creative vision and inspirations, defined by her philosophy of, “If a diamond is forever, life is eternal”.

“Susan Oster launched Feral Jewelry in 2016.  After twenty years working in interior design, she turned her attention to jewelry, focusing on her love of nature and animal forms. Feral is her unbridled look at what it means to be both glamorous and undomesticated - to love the great outdoors and also be completely feminine.  It is a fearless approach to self expression and statement of strength.  Each piece is handmade is the USA; all parts are organic, recycled, and constructed in the timeless tradition of fine jewelry.” - From Feral Jewelry’s Home Page

In the podcast, Sue shared some of her favorite Feral pieces, including her Antler Cuff bracelet in 18kt yellow gold, her Crystal Spike dangle bracelet, Thorn Hoop Earrings, and Spike Antler Ring.

Ethically and Responsibly Sourcing Materials

Feral Jewelry acquires materials from CITES certified sources, and Sue goes above and beyond to ensure that the fossils and natural materials she uses in her jewelry are authenticated and certifiably identified as ethically sourced.

CITES regulations use strict standards so selections are in the best interests of preservation and sustainability.

For more information about the regulations put into place by CITES, participating countries, see their website,


You can find Feral Jewelry on her website,

The Jewelry Bar in Palm Desert,

Vault Nantucket

Anne Emory Lockert, Birmingham, AL

Belle Cose, Jackson Hole, WY


Polishing and Finishing for Jewellers and Silversmiths Book Giveaway Winners

Last week, my guest on Jewelry Navigator Podcast was Stephen M Goldsmith, master polisher.

In his book, “Polishing and Finishing for Jewellers and Silversmiths”, Stephen shares techniques and methods he’s used to maintain some of Great Britain’s national treasures, as well as adding convincing details to current bespoke jewelry masterpieces created by Theo Fennell.

⁣He generously donated two signed copies of his book for a drawing to Jewelry Navigator Podcast listeners, and the winners are:


Cristina Tamames of Atlanta, GA, and

Scott Thompson of Nova Scotia


 This was the last Jewelry Navigator Podcast for 2019. Thank you to all the guests, subscribers, and listeners! It's truly been a pleasure sharing my jewelry discoveries of unique creations for those who want to stand out with jewelry created with purpose.


I’d love to know what you’d like hear on the podcast for 2020.


Email suggestions to

or DM me @jewelrynavigator on Instagram.


Blessings for a lovely and safe holiday season, and I’ll be back soon with more jewelry stories and adventures!

Stephen M Goldsmith, Master Polisher, Shares His Story and Expertise, From the Crown Jewels to World Famous Jewelry

Stephen M Goldsmith, Master Polisher, Shares His Story and Expertise, From the Crown Jewels to World Famous Jewelry

December 6, 2019

As a boy, Stephen Goldsmith had dreams of being a cartoonist.

His aptitude for art was innate, but his journey would take a detour to become a master of polishing and finishing national treasures and museum quality jewelry.

Stephen Goldsmith is a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Goldsmiths, and shares his nearly 50 years of knowledge and experience as a master polisher with peers and students alike through his trade acclaimed book, Polishing and Finishing for Jewellers and Silversmiths, published by Crowood Press.

While Stephen has had the privilege of working with jewelry created for royal families and celebrities, his real treasures are created in the classroom and studios where he demonstrates to artisans how to bring their jewelry visions and stories to life.

Polishing and Finishing for Jewellers and Silversmiths has become a bench Bible of sorts for silversmiths, and Stephen very generously shared two copies of his book which he signed personally to give away to two Jewelry Navigator Podcast listeners.

To enter the drawing for one of the two signed copies of Stevens book, email by December 11 2019.

You can find Stephen on Instagram @goldpolisher and as an instructor at The Goldsmiths’ Centre in London.

Seraphima McLean of Gallery Byzantium Brings History to Life With Religious and Secular Jewelry

Seraphima McLean of Gallery Byzantium Brings History to Life With Religious and Secular Jewelry

December 1, 2019

Jewelry is a powerful touchstone and conduit by which we define ourselves within our life stories, family, and community.

Acknowledging this concept with symbolism and icons are reminders that we're connected to a higher power that guides us in how we choose to live our best lives.

This week my guest on Jewelry Navigator podcast is Seraphima McLean of Gallery Byzantium, a small jewelry design and manufacturing business in Ipswich, Massachusetts, dedicated to conserving and sharing the Byzantine aesthetic in both religious and secular jewelry.

As an art history major, Saraphima was a natural fit to re-establish the jewelry design business her father, an Orthodox priest started in 1991.
He established Gallery Byzantium to honor the rich history and aesthetic of Byzantium art in jewelry to share and celebrate his faith.

As we celebrate our faith through the year, and especially during the Christmas holiday, I felt sharing the story and jewelry of Gallery Byzantium was the perfect time for this week’s podcast as we begin December.

You can find Gallery Byzantium’s jewelry online at
and until Monday, December 2, 2019, gwt 15% off with their Black Friday Sale!


On Gallery Byzantium’s website, there are comprehensive summaries of the history of Byzantine traditions and art.
Below are two.


Byzantine History


“From antiquity jewelry has had a powerful place in culture symbolizing, expressing, and unlocking the mysteries of life and the universe. Gold and silver jewelry set with precious stones expresses and confirms religious conviction, ethnic identity, aesthetic appreciation, and social standings.

Christians wear crosses and sacred pendants close to their hearts as tangible signs of their faith and Gods presence in their lives. While this understanding of jewelry has been obscured in modern times by mass-produced synthetics, the discerning eye still yearns for the power and beauty embodied in jewelry of universal design and value.”
- Gallery Byzantium website, Byzantine History 


The Byzantine Synthesis

“Byzantium began when the fourth century emperor, St. Constantine, Christianized the Roman Empire and established Constantinople in Byzantium as the capital. During this era a synthesis of classical Greek, Roman, and Christian culture gave birth to unparalleled achievements in art and architecture.

Byzantium synthesized the eternal symbols of Christian faith and spirituality, the philosopher’s vision of the universal forms, the mysteries of geometric interrelationships as they apply to art and architecture, and the artisan’s skill which sought a balance between humanistic realism and spiritual abstraction.

By the mid-500s this unprecedented and unsurpassed synthesis unlocked and revealed the mysteries of the universe and gave monumental power and beauty to Byzantine art and architecture.”
- Gallery Byzantium website, Byzantine History 

From Corporate Engineer to Full Time Jewelry Designer With Tonya Powell of Pareure

From Corporate Engineer to Full Time Jewelry Designer With Tonya Powell of Pareure

November 21, 2019

Clarity, insight, and wisdom are three qualities I feel this week’s Jewelry Navigator Podcast guest exhibits naturally.

Tonya Powell is founder and creative initiator of Pareure, a collection of  jewelry designed for women who define themselves with confidence, and reach beyond limitations.

Her classically simple signature circular designs are the embodiment of her tagline, “Be Seen. Be Heard, Be Bold”.

I’m excited to share Tonya’s story on this week’s Jewelry Navigator Podcast episode, and if you’re in the Washington DC Metro area the first weekend of December, you can see and shop her jewelry firsthand at the Holiday Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Chantilly, VA, December 6-8.

You can find Pareure online at and on Instagram @pareureofficial.


Cynthia Renée Jewels - Life and Love Stories Through Gems and Jewelry

Cynthia Renée Jewels - Life and Love Stories Through Gems and Jewelry

November 14, 2019

Telling stories with gems and jewelry is like speaking an enchanted language.

Hidden for millennia, gems are treasures that speak a universal language.

Cynthia Renée Marcusson is my guest this week understands the hidden language of gemstones.

Geologist turned jewelry designer, Cynthia’s adventures began with her curiosity of rock formations and unusual terrain from the car window of her family vacations.

As part of her geologic studies, she mapped two of the biggest gem producing mines in the U.S., and has thirty years experience working in the jewelry industry on various professional levels.

She discovered jewelry design while selling and presenting colored gems stores and businesses across the country.

Now she creates one of a kind jewelry pieces for clients to tell their stories with gems to celebrate the beauty we’re meant to reflect by wearing them.

Listen to Cynthia’s story on Jewelry Navigator Podcast TODAY!

You can find Cynthia Renée Jewels on her website,

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