Hi my name is Susan and I'm the creator of cserpentDesigns!
The love of gemstones runs deep in my family. My grandpa would go out in the Mojave desert in search of interesting stones and geodes. He would cut and polish the geodes to make chimes. He would polish up the rocks to make keychains, necklaces and whatever struck his fancy. My Aunt Carmen kept up the family love of gemstones. She would buy gorgeous semi-precious gemstone beads and sterling silver findings and make earrings and necklaces for herself, her family, her sisters, her nieces and whoever else she thought needed some gorgeous stones to display.
I'm continuing the family tradition and extending it. I love gemstones and also metals. I started designing by taking apart some of the necklaces and earrings my Aunt Carmen made and using the stones to make new and different designs that were my style. My mom gave me her stash of necklaces and earrings from my Aunt and I did the same for her. That was the jumpstart for cserpentDesigns. I've added to my design skills and now create with precious stones, high quality pearls and do my own metalwork and enameling. Mother nature makes gorgeous gems and I try to make designs that enhance their beauty.
As to the origin of the name cserpentDesigns it dates back to my scuba diving days ... My husband nicknamed me "sea serpent" because what he saw coming out of the water when we finished diving was a tall person in a purple and black drysuit with a pink flotation vest and big black fins on her very small feet ...
Several of my designs have been published in Bead Trends magazine. I have a large selection of high quality beads and findings which I use to make my jewelry. I will clearly indicate the "contents" of each piece of jewelry so you'll know what you're getting. If you have any questions about a design email or call me for more information.
I hope you enjoy wearing my handcrafted pieces as much as I enjoyed making them!
Thank you so much for your interest!