Meet the Designer
Inspiration behind Earth Rhythms Jewelry
The main inspiration for my business is my long-time passion to design and make jewelry and enable more people to enjoy it. When I am making jewelry, I feel joyful, invigorated, and peaceful. I am inspired by the colors, textures, and energy of the materials. My vision is to share with others the natural beauty of nature and the healing properties of stones.
The name Earth Rhythms Jewelry, reflects what I do. I use materials from the earth including semi-precious stones, shells, pearls, glass, silver, gold, brass, copper, wood, leather, horn, bone, clay, and porcupine quills. The jewelry is designed with careful attention to colors and textures that echo the rhythmic patterns in nature. Turtle, a symbol for the earth, is the logo for Earth Rhythms Jewelry. In addition to designing and making my own jewelry, I also repair old favorite jewelry that needs re-stringing, re-knotting, replacing parts or other techniques to enable it to come to life and be wearable again.
Earth Rhythms Jewelry is sold at numerous juried craft shows in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts and Virginia, the women Artist’s Collaborative Show, the Spectrum Art Gallery in Essex CT, The Audubon Greenwich gift shop, and has been honored to be a featured artist at the New Britain Museum of American Art. Online presence is at Earth-Rhythms-Jewelry.my shopify.com.
Meet Margie Rosenberg
There have been several important influences that have shaped my artistic career, including nature and the environment, exploration in many art mediums, and extended exposure to art, dance, and music from many cultures.
Connecting with nature has always been important to me and has had a huge influence on my art work. We have lived on a small family farm surrounded by state forest in Connecticut for over 45 years. The change of seasons and colorful wildlife provide a varied landscape of colors and textures to incorporate into designs for jewelry. I grew up in Southern California and traveled extensively throughout the southwestern states. The desert landscape with colored earth and windswept trees and high mountains provided a very different environmental influence.
My family, travel, and interest in cultures have provided extensive exposure to varied art forms and techniques. I have been very fortunate to have many mentors and I am grateful for their insight and what they have taught me. Among the mentors that have guided me in the arts the most are my parents. They were the wonderful combination of a mother who was trained in art and became a well-known artist and a father who loved the out of doors, taught nature skills, and was an engineer. My father used the “art of engineering” and shared with me his incredible ingenuity for being able to assemble things to make them work.
My mother was an open-air artist painting in oil and watercolor, block printing, and weaving. She helped me to understand the variety of nature’s colors and how to blend them. We collected shells and rocks together, studied their infinite color patterns, and identified them. Now, stones and shells are old friends that are used extensively in making my jewelry.
My parents demonstrated an active interest in other cultures through international folk dancing, traveling and visiting, and by being active in the Pacific Asia Art Museum where my mother was a docent. They imparted in me a graciousness and acceptance of everyone. The color, styles, and patterns found in jewelry and clothing in other cultures has significantly influenced what I design.
Starting as a child and continuing throughout my life I have kept the passion of art alive during my 40 year career of being an Occupational Therapist. A life changing accident forced me to retire sooner than planned and I turned to jewelry making full time.
As a therapist I was tuned into people’s needs and used a variety of techniques to help them. In a similar manner, I now tune into the energy of the stones and shells to design patterns that are harmonious. I enjoy assisting customers while they discover qualities in the stones that support their needs or passions. All of my jewelry has been created with positive and loving thought and holds my “healing hands” energy.
I am drawn to women artists in other countries and plan to have some of my proceeds provide some support to an artisan group.