MINT HILL – Sandra Smith will help you determine if there are valuable pieces of costume jewelry hiding in your collection at the next Mint Hill Arts meeting.
The presentation, dubbed “What’s in your Jewelry Box?,” takes place 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at the gallery, 11205 Lawyers Road. The event includes a drawing for an item of Smith’s handcrafted jewelry. Costume jewelry spanning 95 years with items made in more than 10 counties will be displayed.
Smith has been designing and making jewelry for more than 20 years.
Her interest in jewelry in early childhood was sparked when she received a silver charm bracelet from Mexico. She also inherited jewelry from her grandmother. Several old necklaces needed to be restored, so the quest for knowledge about making jewelry began. She studied the history of beads, which led to the discovery of The Center for Bead Research and Recursos de Santa Fe.
These connections eventually opened doors to workshops led by highly respected teachers and craftsmen where she learned the fundamentals of jewelry-making. Now Smith’s award winning jewelry can be found in collections around the world.
See samples of her work at www.sandrasmithjewelry.com