The Story of Orange Avocado Jewelry...

  • Mind. Body. Spirit.

    Published Aug 09 2017 in Custom Pieces

    I receive many requests for custom pieces and I am always up for the challenge. I will work with the client to decide on various elements of the piece.  

    Many times I am given direction and other times I work with more the personality of the recipient to come up with a design.

    Melaine made my job easy this time and wanted a mala beaded necklace to go with her Amazonite bracelet she had previously ordered. To complete the piece she requested a fine silver dove and stone pendant. I had never made a dove pendant before but immediately I was working in my mind what techniques I needed to use to make such a pendant.  

    There are so many things to consider: dimensions, style of pendant, textures. I decided to go with a modern silhouette of a dove. Its simplicity would stand out beyond the varied colors of the amazonite beads and the irregular stacked aquamarine pendant.  

    It is meant to be touched, and bring peace and calm to the recipient.  

    Thank you Melaine. 

  • Wings of Hope: Changing Leaves Collection

    Published Jun 18 2017 in New Collections, Philanthropy Jewelry


    I am honoured to be chosen out of a group of jewelry designers to be a part of the "Wings of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation"  2017 jewelry collection.  

    This organization provides assistance for low income breast cancer patients who have received in the past or are currently receiving treatment at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre in Calgary. Please read more about this wonderful organization on their website: Wings of Hope.

    This charitable organization requested a collection that would represent Alberta. After careful thought and pulling from my experiences as an Albertan, my "Changing Leaves Collection" was created. This collection is inspired by the seasonal landscape of the beautiful forests of Alberta.

    From spring to summer & fall to winter those leaves evolve representing growth, life & change.
    From a bud in the spring, growth throughout our summer and eventual departure from the trees that it came from; it is those leaves that feed the ground that it was born from.  
    Each stage is beautiful and enchanting.

    My personal appreciation of the great outdoors, love of the river valley & trails of Alberta serve as an inspiration for the Changing Leaves Collection in support of this charitable organization.  

    A significant portion of the sales of this jewelry collection will be donated to the Wings of Hope Breast Cancer Foundation.

    Find the Wings of Hope Changing Leaves Collection online:

  • The Starfish Collection: Making a Difference

    Published May 31 2017 in New Collections

    One day a man was walking along the 
    beach when he noticed a boy picking up
    and gently throwing things into the ocean.
    Approaching the boy he asked:
    "Young man,what are you doing?"
    The boy replied, "Throwing starfish back into the ocean.  
    The surf is up and the tide is going out.
    If I don't throw them back, they'll die."
    The man laughed to himself and said,
    "Do you realize there are miles and miles of beach
    and hundreds of starfish? You can't make any difference."
    After listening politely, the boy bent down,
    picked up another starfish and threw it into the surf,
    then smiling at the man, he said:
    "I made a difference to that one."
    by Loren Eiseley

  • Orange Avocado Jewelry Spring Show: Sharing

    Published May 04 2017 in Events



    Another spring show has come and gone. While at the show a friend of mine, Michelle, commented "you must feel good about having to be able to make something and share it with everyone".  

    I am actually so grateful that words can't describe. I'm a little overwhelmed before, during and after each show about it all.

    But I thrive on it too. It's a perfect job for me that I can't even call it a job.  

    It's what I do and love each day.  Thank you to my friends and family that helped me out yesterday, it looked like we were going to start a race in this picture! You all worked so hard!

    Thank you to everyone that came out to enjoy my new creations; with over 130 people in attendance. You bring your friends and you bring your family year after year and it's amazing to me.  

    And to think that it all started from a handful of beads discovered in Maui over 12 years ago. 

    xo sandra

  • Orange Avocado Jewelry Spring Show: Creative Tendencies

    Published Apr 19 2017 in Events


    Orange Avocado Jewelry Spring Show

    Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017
    10 am to 7 pm, Banff Room
    Derrick Golf & Winter Club
    3500-119th Street


    I went to bed last night with thoughts of how my silver in my kiln would turn out.  I woke up this morning opening my kiln to beautiful and unique silver pendants for my "Limited Edition" collection for my upcoming show.  The feeling never goes away.  The anticipation of how each piece of silver and bronze will turn out and the process of creating each piece of jewelry is always exciting to me. 

    The Freeform Link Limited Edition jewelry shown above will be one set of many unique finds that will only be at my upcoming spring show. These fine silver links were created to emulate the freeform fine silver beads and apatite raw stones. The Apatite semi-precious stone will be featured in my Limited Edition Collections. You will fall in love with the raw cuts of this stone depicting watery tones of the sky and sea. I am drawn to all shades of blue. This stone is known to clear away apathy and negativity and enhance truth. It is a motivational stone promoting independence and creativity. 

    How appropriate is this!

    I will also have a complete selection of my most current line the

    Cubist Collection which highlights the Cubist movement of the early 20th century, and jewelry from my past collections at There will be a show special for my stretch bracelets and many sale items of discontinued pieces. 

    Finally enter to win a $100 Orange Avocado Jewelry Gift Certificate!

    Come and join me at my Orange Avocado Jewelry Spring show to find something special for Mother's Day.  

    Come discover the sweet unpredictability of my jewelry!


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