J'mine Quinlan

J'mine Quinlan

Winter Wedding
Fire Mountain Gems and Beads'
Jewelry-Making Contest 2010
featuring Gemstones

J'mine Quinlan

Spring Bracelet
Fire Mountain Gems and Beads'
Jewelry-Making Contest 2010
featuring Gemstones

Meet the Designer-Artist

Where do you live?
Hartsdale, New York

Describe your artistic style.
It varies from high-end wedding jewelry, to a more Native American style.

What inspires you as a designer-artist?
Nature and brides.

What materials do you most enjoy working with?
Sterling silver, pearls and turquoise.

What are the names of the pieces you submitted with your success story?
Winter Wedding Necklace and Spring Bracelet

What inspired these designs?
Winter Wedding--last years bazaar.

Spring Bracelet--my mother-in-law.

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

Share Your Background

When and how did you begin making jewelry/beading?
I began in 1990, by being inspired at my tribe's powwow.

Who introduced you to beading?
My family.

Do you have an artistic background?
I suppose so, my family has been making Indian crafts for years.

How did you discover Fire Mountain Gems and Beads®?
Through a friend.

What other hobbies do you have?
Yoga, making Indian crafts and cooking.

Beading Success

What role does jewelry-making play in your life?
It started as a hobby, but now it is a full-time idea, since ideas pop into my head every day.

If you use jewelry-making as a way to bring in income, how are you selling yourself and your jewelry?
I am starting a website and I sell at my local powwows. This is the first contest I have entered.

Do you participate in any charity fundraisers?
Yes. Any cause that would like a piece to use for a fundraiser, I contribute to. I have about five I regularly send to.

Any advice for aspiring jewelry-artists?
Practice, practice, practice and let the ideas flow.