Turquoise Ball Earrings by Caitlin Mociun
"This is a timeless design that will look fashionable ten years from now. My mom had a ton of turquoise growing up, and then I saw the old Victorian jewelry where they used gold and turquoise, then saw some Middle Eastern pieces that are stunning. Silver and turquoise doesn't really interest me. So I wasn't seeing people using turquoise with gold and diamonds other than in antique jewelry.
It's hard to knock off my work because of all the technical details—the stones are very small and unveined, so to get them cut is expensive. These factors mean I can keep doing my work the way that I want to. What I find with people copying others' work is that they're making it less expensive. But you can't go into a bead store and buy the turquoise I use; you'd have to know a jewelry cutter with access to the stones. I think (hope!) that time will elevate the people who make original work."