About Historically Inspired Designs


Historically Inspired Designs began in 2006, almost by accident!  While looking for ways to pay the mortgage on my new-old house in Richmond's eclectic Northside, I began creating jewelry for sale at Historic Jamestowne during the hectic 400th anniversary year.  Focused on providing high-quality, affordable hand-crafted jewelry for the museum store market, the business expanded quickly.  Historically Inspired Designs products can now be found at museum stores across the Commonwealth of Virginia.

In 2007, I expanded Historically Inspired Designs to focus more attention on the retail market.  My products can now be found on numerous websites including Etsy, Homegrownmarket, Mintd, and Dawanda.  I can also be found at select fine craft shows and markets around the southeast. 

My nine-to-five job is working as a museum curator, so I spend my days steeped in the past and it has deeply influenced my style.  My jewelry is inspired by the materials, patterns, shapes, colors, and textures of the past.  I love to work with ceramic, glass, freshwater pearls, cloisonne, and sterling silver as well as a wide variety of found and salvaged objects.  My emphasis is on creating classic and modern designs that both evoke the past and are completely wearable today.