It Started With a Bracelet
I was a stay-at-home mom and an active community volunteer, but I wanted something more. My neighbor invited me to a beading class where I learned how to sew glass beads together to make a bracelet. I always enjoyed putting parts together to make a whole. There I learned how to make a peyote stitch bracelet. A week later I created my first bracelet, a 2.5-inch thick, peyote stitch-beaded cuff with horizontal stripes. A friend suggested posting it to Facebook. I hesitated and almost balked, but I humored her (and myself) and followed through. The next morning I had multiple notifications from people wanting to place orders.
That day Emmis Jewelry was born.
Jewelry That’s True to You
Emmis Jewelry is a collection of handmade, personalized, on-trend jewelry that is the perfect expression of you. Whether you’re preparing for a special occasion and need an authentic piece of statement jewelry to complete your look, or you want to preserve a family heirloom, you can express yourself through my beautiful bracelets, necklaces, and wraps. Jewelry is very personal, which is why I craft each piece by hand from my home-studio. Emmis Jewelry has also been sold at numerous brick and mortar stores in the Chicago area as well as stores across the country.
As a child, my parents made me swear emmis (Eh-mis), the Yiddish term for truth.
Sure, they expected me to be honest, but more importantly they wanted me to be true to myself. After earning three masters degrees and working in education, I was ready for my second act. An artistic output was simmering inside of me, and it wasn’t until I created that first bracelet that I figured out how to channel it. I found my truth and live it every day.
Previously, I taught second grade at Canty Elementary in the Chicago Public School System. Prior to that, I worked at Rimon Reform Jewish Day School just outside of Philadelphia as an Education Associate, in charge of writing the Jewish curriculum, teaching Jewish Studies, as well as leading the school’s advertising and marketing efforts.
I earned a Master of Arts in Jewish Education and a Master of Arts in Jewish Communal Service at Gratz College in Pennsylvania, as well as a Master of Education at DePaul University in Chicago. I received a Bachelor of Arts in Jewish Studies and History with a minor in Hebrew at Indiana University. When I’m not creating jewelry in my studio, I enjoy golfing, reading, playing cards, and seeing live music.