Jewelry maker Maureen Crescenzo will be in the gallery all day during First Friday to discuss her work. Stop by to see her newest pieces, and learn the stories behind the antique beads they contain. Her jewelry is featured the entire month of November.
It started with a bead 60 years ago… that lead to a collection… and became a life long passion. As a young child Maureen Crescenzo was given a natural cut amethyst stone by a neighbor who ran an antique store. Her fascination prompted more gifts of small stones and beads, and soon young Maureen was taking apart unwanted costume jewelry for the beads. Her collection grew into a neighborhood interest, other children began collecting and trading beads with Maureen. Soon she was creating jewelry of her own, and finding small venues to display and sell. Her on-going love of beads has lead to a life of searching out unique and rare specimens to design with. The southwestern influence comes from her discovery and love of Native American Art.
Maureen’s pieces incorporate fine gemstones, chains, fine leathers and especially unique ancient beads from the world over. Her collection highlights plaited leather with embedded stones and various hanging centerpieces creating one of a kind tribal inspired adornments. Many pieces are length adjustable and some can morph into an entirely different design. Truly original, nothing faux about it. No two pieces of her hand crafted jewelry is alike, and has a style unique to Maureen.