Each original Madison Brie piece starts with an expedition for a vintage brooch, which leads me to flea markets, antique stores and estate sales. A vintage brooch that captivates me must be unique and exude flair that can be emphasized by selecting the perfect beads. The clasp can either be modern or vintage, but it must be sturdy to compliment the robust nylon coated multiple strand steel stringing that makes each Madison Brie piece not only beautiful, but strong and durable. It's all in the details...
I have spent many years in the jewelry industry and one of the highlights of my formal training was studying under a designer from Van Clef & Arpels at the Gemologiacal Institute of America in Carlsbad, California. This remarkable study complimented my Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jewelry and Metalsmithing degree.