I grew up in a family of working artists. Early on, I met a family whose business included buying vintage beads and jewelry in New York City and selling at trade shows around the country. I accompanied them on buying trips to long forgotten and untouched warehouse basements in Manhattan's fashion district. On these trips, I learned the history of vintage beads and was able to purchase collections of Swarovski crystals and black, French-glass beads from the 1890s. This experience solidified my passion for jewelry and design.

I love jewelry: I dream jewelry. Antique and vintage pieces first caught my attention, and I will always have an appreciation for their timeless beauty. Incorporating vintage components in my work adds depth of character. When creating each of my pieces, I like to let the components dictate the design. I am drawn to clean lines, simple shapes, color and gemstones. These elements — highlighted by intricate twists of fine-gauge gold and silver wire along with shape and color-balance, are a signature element in all of my collections.

I hope you enjoy these creations just as much as I have enjoyed creating them for you.

—Jeannine Peace