You may be wondering at the change in the banner, above. I have decided to make this site a merger of my two jewelry lines, Dorothea Designs and Aurenta Atomica.
Some background, perhaps? A number of years ago, I had made a pearl "tin cup" style necklace, and my friend, Terry, was admiring it. I had tried it on, and with my skin-tone, it kind of blended in, since the pearls were an off-white and the silk cording was a peach color. Also, it was too long for me, and I was frustrated that I had spent time and money on this necklace, and did not have it to wear at the end of the project. However, Terry liked it, it fit her nicely, and she said that she would love to have it. I hemmed and hawed--it wasn't near her birthday, and I had spent a fair amount of money on the materials. On the other hand, I wasn't going to wear it myself, so I started to say that she could have it, when she suggested that she pay for it. This turned a light bulb on in my brain--I could sell my jewelry! All of a sudden, all of the other projects that I had made for myself, but hadn't fit quite right or looked good on me became jewelry that I could sell to other people, on whom it would fit and look good! I was on my way.
Next, I needed a name for my jewelry business. For a while, I went with CSB Designs, but I decided that it was a bit too bland. It could be anyone, selling anything. So, I decided that I needed a name that gave the impression of elegance, simplicity, and so on. I considered various C options: Cathy's Crafts, Catherine's Crafts, Cathy's Collection, etc. None of these really sounded good to me. In fact, they all sounded too country-cutesy, and not elegant. My middle name is Dorothy, after my grandmother, Oma. She had exquisite taste and was a career Army wife. I considered variations with Dorothy, and came across the idea of Dorothy's Designs. No, still too country-cutesy. However, it harkened back to CSB Designs, and I liked that. Maybe some derivation of Dorothy? One day, the name Dorothea occured to me, and Dorothea Designs was born. DD is my line of traditional, beaded jewelry. The materials range between glass, stone, pearl, gems, silver, base metals, and wood.
Later, I started designing Shrinky-Dink jewelry with chemistry themes. This did not mesh with the DD aesthetic, but I still wanted to sell it. For a long time, I have used the name Aurenta for various purposes, and I immediately thought of Aurenta Atomica for a science-themed line. Later, I have expanded into less specifically science, and more non-traditional types of jewelry.
So, since I had started this website under Dorothea Designs, I decided to continue to use it for both lines. I have an Etsy store for Aurenta Atomica (see the link at the top of the page), but Dorothea Designs is basically a "come see what I have" sort of thing, unless you see something you like on the picture slide-shows, and email me.