A Cal­i­for­nia jew­elry maker reimag­ines an­tique but­tons, pearls and prisms into one-of-a-kind fash­ions.

Country Sampler's Prairie Style - - Pioneers -

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!

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