Born in upstate New York, Heather studied handmade jewelry design at NYC's Fashion Institute of Technology, where she began her love affair with handcrafted jewelry. After graduating she fled the noise of the city and found her way to the Caribbean Island of St. Martin where she lived on a catamaran, dove for buried treasure & sold her unique handcrafted jewelry on the beach.
Restless for new challenges, she studied silver in Mexico, surfing in Hawaii and French in Paris before returning to the States. Miami Beach was on the verge of being reborn and had everything she loved...the excitement of the city and the warmth of the beach. There she went onto conceptualize & own Bash nightclub
with actor Sean Penn and Simply Red's singer Mick Hucknell
. This was the predecessor to the original Nikki Beach
in Miami which now has locations worldwide.
After settling down and living by the beach in southern California she met the love of her life and got married at the local equestrian center. Once she became a horse owner it was time to look for greener pastures and today she lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her horses Sunny & Libby, her dog Nigel and of course her husband. Her handcrafted rugged & romantic jewelry is now in galleries and boutiques across North America instead of on the beach.
Never at a loss for inspiration..."I find beauty in things that I loved as a child..., the sun on my back, the sand in my toes, trees and the stars, the flowers along the garden path, puppy dogs and hearts..."
Each handcrafted romantic creation is hand carved with poetic etchings and words of inspiration before being dipped in sterling or 14k gold using several age-old techniques such as lost wax casting. Island Cowgirl Jewelry strives to create not just unique handmade jewelry but "wear forever" keepsakes.
Influenced by her years in the islands and her home out west Heather now devotes her days to creating beauty.