Susie was introduced to the art of jewelry making in her native country of Mexico. Since childhood, her passion had always been painting. This changed in 1998, when she made her first piece of jewelry in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Her creativity took a new turn and she immersed herself in the study of the art of jewelry making.

Susie’s jewelry is inspired by the ancient art of granulation. She particularly enjoys working in 22K gold. Its rich color creates a wonderful backdrop for her designs using diamonds, colored stones and pearls. By creating patterns through the placement of very small gold spheres (granules), she adds an additional level of design to each piece. Then, of course, there is the challenge of fusing the two surfaces before they melt. Susie’s jewelry is personally hand fabricated, and most of the pieces are one-of-a-kind. In addition to designing her own jewelry, Susie also creates custom designed jewelry for clients.

"Immersing myself in the design and fabrication of jewelry has been and exciting and most rewarding. I only wish I had done it sooner. Susie continues to take classes as often as possible. She feels that there is still much to learn about jewelry making, and she enjoys the constant exposure to new ides and techniques.

Susie is a member of The Society of North American Goldsmiths, the Women’s Jewelry Association, the American Craft Council, a Board member of the Metal Arts Guild in San Francisco and the Northern California Enamel Guild.

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