Ever since I was a child I have had a passion for collecting things from the wild outdoors. My deepest fascination lies within the mushrooms and pine forests on the shores of Michigan’s Great Lakes. I am enthralled with the world that surrounds us in these northern woods and sandy beaches. From the little bits of moss & lichen, to the tallest trees that reach toward the sky in evergreen wonder, I am amazed.
It was from my time spent in nature that my love for metalsmithing blossomed. It began with casting fungi specimens I had found on my hikes in the forests of Grand Valley State University. There I soon discovered my passion for Earth’s gemstones & minerals.
From this obsession of Earth’s minerals, flora, & fauna grew Forest Emporium. Forest Emporium is a jewelry company that is forged from nature’s curiosities, and rare gemstones. My designs aim to create elegant and durable jewelry inspired by Earth that will last for many years to come.