Combining things you love really rocks! You are the founders of the :iconrockhounds: club and then take it a step further and make wonderful jewelry with metals, rocks, minerals, stones and fossils. How did you both get started in working with shiny stones and metals?
Cynthia: I've always loved stones. I collected tumbled stones and such when I was a little girl, and got really interested in college when I found out about metaphysical applications (healing, protection, etc.). I've been collecting rough mineral specimens awhile, and I got into making jewelry when I realized that there were gemstone beads to be had. It was a natural progression from there to metalwork for me, so now I also hoard cabochons and faceted stones. As for training, I've had very, very minimal amounts of it. The only class I've ever taken was a weekender on cuttlefish casting at the John C. Campbell Folk School. I'm currently at the Gemological Institute for America (GIA) trying to earn my Graduate Gemolo