Gemstone Tree of Life Handmade Necklace
While a pre-law student at UPenn, Joli of Philadelphia felt a primal pull. This path of inquisitiveness and discovery to work with her hands as well as her mind lead to a career in textile design, and ultimately, to jewelry design. The union of textile and jewelry can be seen in her use of color and texture. She says: "There is something very ancient and powerful about working with precious metals and gemstones. I feel like I am tapping into a tradition of self-expression that is thousands of years old."