Ana Aleshin

Peacock Necklace
Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Ellicott City, Maryland

Describe your artistic style.
I love Victorian style.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
I can look at a piece (finding) for a while and then an idea pops into my head.

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
I enjoy working with anything shiny.

What is the name of the piece you submitted with your success story?
Peacock Necklace

What inspired this design?
Peacock colors.

How did it come together?
It defined itself while I was working.

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
5 years ago

Who introduced you to beading?

Do you have an artistic background?
I have always enjoyed a variety of crafts including stained glass.

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and BeadsĀ®?
Search engine.

What other hobbies do you have?
Stained glass.

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
I get great satisfaction when an idea comes together.

If you used jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I only do 2 shows a year close to home. I have a shop near home. My website is I send out mailings about once a month.

Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
No, not yet.

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Follow your heart.