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Monday through Friday hours from 11

until at least 5.



Upcoming Shows:
Saturday, October 25
Festival of the Grape
Powhatan, Virginia




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6802 Patterson Avenue
Richmond, VA  23226
Phone: 804.288.1587

It's October!

And you know what that means!  Sweaters and scarves, comfort clothes and hi-brow cocktail parties..  So you're going to need that  little something extra to set all of those pieces off.

I think that there's a good chance that you'll find something right here.

 We have also started a new venture with a fantastic online shopping source called "Shoptiques".  It's by invitation only and I am proud to say that we are the first boutique from the Richmond area to be invited.  Take a look by clicking here.

Our adventure to Brazil in March was amazing.  We flew into Sao Paulo, then to Porto Seguro, then traveled over bumpity bump dirt back roads to reach the remote fishing village of Trancoso.  It's mostly a hippie village now. It provided me with so much inspiration and enthusiasm that I just can't wait to share it with you. Click here to see some of the amazing photos.

I've taken the time this summer to create some exciging new designs.  Some inspired by my trip to Brazil, others from my trips this summer.  The designs are slowly starting to show up here on the website (and we'll be adding lots more soon).  They'll also be presented at my upcoming Shows.  Click here for my Late Summer / Early Fall show schedule.  We'll update the whole thing once we finalize things.

Unbelievably, it has already been a  year and a half since we spent a week in London on an antique buying binge.  We visited a different antique market every day.  Covent Gardens, Spitalfields, Peterborough, Lewes, Kempton.  Each day was better than the next, but Porto Bello Road was, by far, the best.  I bought so many things that I had to bring home a separate suitcase just to carry it all!

To take a look at some of my photos, just click here.

You are always welcome to stop by the Studio, but in case you can't, my "What's New" page will give you an update on some of the newest things I've been working on.   Or visit me at one of my upcoming shows,  You'll truly be able to really see my full line of ideas.  It's a touchy feely kind of thing...

In case you're new to on u... Here's a little bit about what we're all about...

I wake up every morning with ideas bouncing around in my head that I just need to get out...  Quite often, I awake in the middle of the night and find a pen in my hand... drawing. writing.. knotting... playing... creating...  I can't stop...  I don't want to stop... Why should I?  It's why I do what I do... and I can't think of anything else.   I don't want to know why.  It just comes naturally ... I'm destined by it.  I don't think there's anything wrong with that.  Is there?  

I really hope not... Because if there is.  I'm in really big trouble.

I'm proud to offer a truly authentic and exquisite eco-chic line of handcrafted jewelry that is created by hand, with glass, semi-precious and vintage findings that is fashion forward... Everything is made right here in Richmond, Virginia.  And I'm very, very proud of that.

My designs embrace, and many highlight, classic, antique or funky vintage buttons and findings that have been inspired by my every day perspective on life, whether it's from here, or from afar.  I've been weaving many findings from India, London and Portugal (some are from 1000 BC) into my designs. And also materials that I've found in little markets throughout the Chianti region of Tuscany, in Barcelona, Spain and the Provence region of southern France.

The thing that really distinguishes my line of handcrafted jewelry is the knotting.  I could never just string a strand and be done with it.   I take the time to create elaborate knot patterns through intricate hand-knotting and hand-crocheting.  I didn't find them in a book, or copy another's ideas; I learned them from my Yia Yia (my Greek grandmother).  Texture and dimension.  Originality.  Authenticity.  You'll find it here.

 After one look, you'll be able to recognize the difference of on u jewelry.  Wrap one of my designs around your wrist, or neck, or even your ankle, you'll easily feel how good it looks on you (or, is that on u?!). 

It's great how everyone is running around with reusable bags and trying to cut down on all sorts of items destined for landfills.  Please don't stop!  It's something that we've been doing all of our lives...and certainly since the beginning of on u jewelry in 1991 - reusing, recycling, and reinventing ways to take advantage of what life has to offer...  Simply look for the ECO CHIC logo.  It will help you to narrow down those items that I create with a minimum of 95% recycled, reused or natural products. 

 Please support the really great shops and boutiques throughout the country that carry the line.  We only work with a handful of stores that we adore our relationships with.  We're not in to being too big... because that wouldn't allow us the time to do what we do best... creating sensational jewelry that makes you feel, and look, your best.

Also, let's not forget about giving to our favorite charities.  It's tough out there, for sure, but keep in mind that it's especially hard for non-profit and volunteer organizations that also need help right now.  We'll do our part.  We hope you'll do so, too.

We welcome all of those who caught a glimpse of the line in recent issues of Richmond, Magazine, Coastal Living, InStyle, Southern Living, and People Style Watch Magazines. 

Feel free to join the Mailing List to receive special offers by email and snail mail (it's totally Opt-In and there's no way that we'll ever share your address with anyone).  I'll notify you of my show and studio schedule, plus any special events that are on the rise.

If you like what you see, please pass my web site address along to your friends and family.  Know of a show or have an idea or recommendation on how to make the on u jewelry site better?  Drop us a line, we'd love to hear from you!

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