Ciao Monica
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About

I'm a southern Californian by way of south Florida. A bit irreverent, artistic, and willing to jump a fence to find a new adventure.

 

Anything to do with the ocean, I love. I've been surfing for longer than I can say (or want to), and I'm a hopeless beachcomber. Finding sea glass on the beaches from all over the world connects me to histories and mysteries of the past. I'm always asking, "Who used this glass?" "What's their story?" 

I make jewelry for women who have confidence, style, and who value that connection to the past.

 

I'm a southern Californian by way of Florida. I now split my time between California and Florence, Italy. I know. It’s awesome and I don’t take it for granted for one second.

I’m a bit irreverent, artistic, and willing to jump a fence to find a new adventure.

Anything to do with the ocean, I love. I've been surfing for longer than I can say (or want to), and I'm a hopeless beachcomber. I found my first piece of sea glass years ago on the beach in Baja, Mexico while on a surf trip traveling in a VW van. Finding sea glass on the beaches all over the world connects me to the histories and mysteries of the past. I also cannot pass up an interesting beach rock, or sea stone. The refining nature of the ocean is a perfect analogy for our lives and the refining nature of time.

I make jewelry for women who want to have an emotional connection to their jewelry. Women who are one-of-a- kind and want one-of-a-kind jewelry that brings them joy every time they wear it. 

I have studied with master metalsmiths in the U.S. and with a master goldsmith in Florence, Italy learning classical techniques in jewelry making.

As the founder of the Metalsmiths in Florence workshop I get to combine my love for both metalsmithing and Florence, Italy by inviting metalsmiths from all over the world to join me in Florence, Italy for a weeklong workshop learning all about gold from a master Florentine goldsmith. I also offer other creative workshops and retreats as well for those that want to experience something soul changing and live-like-a-local in Italy at the same time. Wine is involved, and food, and art.  Did I mention wine?