Bluestem Gems Stephanie Riva

From the artist: I create jewelry that features beads made by nature (gemstones, pearls), by factories (metals, crystal, Czech glass and Japanese seed beads), and by me (beads made from beads). My main joy comes from off-loom beadweaving—sewing or crocheting hundreds of tiny beads together to form intricate pieces of jewelry—and my designs are inspired by the shapes and colors of the world around me.