Elisabeth Laws became a jewelry artisan in 2005 out of necessity. Unable to find the necklace she had in mind, she decided to make it herself. She made several other necklaces and realized how much she enjoyed this newly found hobby. As a result, her new business Ocean Inspired Beadery was born. Elisabeth originally only worked with semi-precious gemstones like jade, onyx, lapis, amethyst, rose quartz, aquamarine, turquoise and the like; freshwater pearls, sterling silver; and very limited 14K gold. She believes that by using these natural products she can make jewelry that is classic and timeless. Additionally, because of the lasting beauty and durability of these products, customers who buy her jewelry can eventually hand the pieces over to daughters, granddaughters, and other women in their families or friends. Also, when a customer wants a change of a piece of jewelry s/he bought from Elisabeth, she can have her redo the in a totally different look, style, length, or number of strands. When treated appropriately, semi-precious stones, freshwater pearls, sterling silver, and gold can last forever.
Despite the fact that Elisabeth started out as a “beader”, she has been taking private lessons with a jeweler/silversmith in CT. She now solders silver, fuses pure gold to fine silver, and works with 14K gold and silver wire. These new techniques are very challenging but give her many more possibilities to expand her styles and creations she says. Elisabeth now mostly specializes in Keum Boo: an ancient Korean technique where pure gold is fused to fine silver.