Get to know me








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my Mission:

I exist to create beautiful, artistic jewelry that inspires and brings you joy.  I provide an extraordinary experience through silver jewelry that pushes the boundaries of artistry and imagination.  For some, jewelry is a decorative extension and expression of one’s personality.  For others, it embodies a wish, a memory or even a sacred object.  These are opportunities for my designs to speak to you and enrich your life story!


my Craftsmanship:

All my pieces are handmade with care. In addition to traditional silversmithing techniques sourcing primarily US mined turquoise, I use a revolutionary medium called metal clay in which precious metal particles are mixed with an organic binder and water.  In this raw form, its properties are like that of clay which allows me to mold and design each piece individually.  Once fired at approximately 1,500 degrees in a kiln, the organic binder burns off, and what is left is .999 fine silver.  


my Background:

I fused my nearly three decades of art expertise in painting, drawing, printmaking, photography and ceramics with the use of the metal clay to create Zia Design in 2009.  I believes each piece of jewelry tells a story. 



A note from the artist...


As a native New Mexican, the Zia sun symbol holds a lot of meaning to me.  It is a sacred symbol to the native Zia Pueblo.  The number four is a meaningful number symbolizing the circle of life, the four directions, the four elements, the four stages of life and the four seasons.  Working with clay and silver (both traditional Native American mediums used in New Mexico), allows me to pay homage to the meaning encompassed by the Zia and the wonderful place where I was raised.  


I owe my interest in precious stones to my father who was a geologist.  As a child, I marveled at the beautiful stones I’d find in the desert – and every once in a while, I’d find that prized pottery shard or arrowhead.  It didn’t take long for Dad to buy me a rock tumbler so I could polish my treasures.  

The process of creating something from nothing is my true passion.  It often involves a personal connection, a story, a beautiful aspect of nature or simply a unique idea.  I hope you’ll enjoy your visit! 




Zia Design LLC is a small business that strives to give you excellent customer service. When you place an order, we will estimate delivery dates based upon the availability of your item(s) as every item is lovingly handmade in our studio. Our Shipping charges are determined by the total weight of your order.  As a special thank you for your business, gift boxes or pouches are included with each piece free of charge.



If you are dissatisfied with your order for any reason, you can return your items for a prompt refund or exchange with the exception of stamped, personalized pieces which are not eligible for a refund. Refunds for items returned within thirty days of the purchase date will be credited in the same form as the original payment type. Refunds for items returned more than thirty days after the purchase date will be in the form of a credit redeemable on your next purchase. The original shipping and handling charges are not refundable. If you have an exchange for the same dollar amount as the original purchase, no additional shipping or handling charges will be incurred. Please mail your package in a prepaid, insured, traceable method to the address below:


c/o Returns
Zia Design

PO Box 175

Round Hill, VA  20134


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