Lorie Tripplehorn designs are inspired by my interest in cultures, customs & sacred beliefs. I hope every piece of jewelry I create evokes a sense of the ceremonies & symbols humankind uses to connect to something greater than ourselves.
I made my first earrings in high school. They were symbols cut out of heavy watercolor paper I painted and lacquered and sprinkled with sparkles or beads. Imagine my thrill when a local boutique agreed to put some in their shop for sale. I wish I still had a pair today.
After receiving a Bachelors of Fine Arts in painting, I worked in graphic design & marketing before deciding to leave the corporate world & focus on painting. But as I painted, I continued to think about the art of jewelry making. I noticed how jewelry could evoke special feelings in each wearer. I began metalsmithing classes and was hooked from the first time I used a torch!
To know that a beautiful piece is made by my own hands, using techniques that are hundreds or even thousands of years old, gives me such a feeling of connection to our world. My own personal love of all things beautiful is partly what drives me. The rest is my personal relationship with each piece of jewelry I own. Whether a necklace made by my children or exquisite earrings my husband bought me, wearing these things reminds me of the moments and reasons they were acquired. Creating and selling beautiful pieces of jewelry is a labor of love for me.