Turning to natural materials also makes good business sense, with the price of raw materials continuing to shoot up. On the bright side, though, limitations on the availability of materials force her to be more flexible and creative. Commissions are a challenge in getting it right for the client, and it gives you a little more leeway sometimes. When you get it right, it feels great.”
“There aren’t many independent artist jewellers. I’m lucky in that I started 25 years ago, and I have a reputation. It’s still a struggle, though.” One range of pieces that she has no problem importing and distributing is the Same Sky line. These popular glass beads are made by Rwandan women who are HIV-positive or survivors of the genocide. For these, Ross takes only a minuscule mark-up, seeing the venture more as her personal contribution to the cause.