HISTORY f TO WEAR
A California jewelry maker reimagines antique buttons, pearls and prisms into one-of-a-kind fashions.
From wagon-train pioneers to Gold Rush fortune seekers, the urge to “go west” was inspired by dreams of a better life in a new land. For Dr. Anne Freund, a move from the beaches of St. Augustine, Florida, to the green valleys of Sonoma, California, was inspired by the desire for a new beginning.
In 2014, Anne, a successful clinical psychologist who specialized in working with veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, found herself unable to continue in her chosen field because of her own medical problems.
“I had to figure out how to reinvent myself,” Anne recalls. Using some of the same coping strategies that she relied on to help her former patients, Anne identified one of her hidden talents and transformed it into a new passion—jewelry making.
Combining her love for shopping for antique beads, buttons and all manner of sparkling baubles, Anne began making and selling collage-like earrings, necklaces and bracelets. “I’ve incorporated everything from typewriter keys to watch faces into my work,” Anne says. “Each creation tells a story and hints at a wearer’s authentic spirit.”
Now, the former psychologist has a thriving business. While she can no longer do what she was trained to do, she can do what she loves to do. And, with beautiful results!