Ethical Fashion

I create jewelry to help you look good and feel good. There are two components to the jewelry I create. 1.  Ethical Fashion I produce treasures you will feel great about wearing. All the precious metals I use are recycled and SCS (they set the standards for sustainability) Certified Green. I work with family-owned mines […]

Connecting the Past to the Future

Here I sit in this present moment cozy with excitement. The day has come. It is time for me to tell you a story. It’s a true story. Those are always the best kind. My mother’s designs have always whispered to me and have been a source of my inspiration. Often, their gentle undulating lines beg me to […]

Prayer for Preemies

Next week is the Preemie Cup Regatta and Auction put on by Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida. The photo above is one of my favorites that I took of my nephew around his 1st birthday. He was 2 pounds 10 ounces when he was born, so this picture is a symbol of hope to […]


You think meditation is a difficult thing to do. Something that you don’t know how to do. But really, you’ve probably done it many times before without even knowing what you were doing. You just have to be mindful and then let go. Let go of what? Let go of all the questions, of all […]

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Valentines Jewelry

Valentine’s is quickly approaching. While it may be a Hallmark holiday with its uber-commercial overtones, we can’t deny it’s a special opportunity to show we care. I can help you be thoughtful because I specialize in creating thoughtful jewelry for your special someone. Contact me by Saturday, February 8th to request a commission in time. […]

Art Show 30A in Grayton Beach, FL

Join us on the Grayt Grounds of Monet Monet for a 2 day Show of Art and Music! December 7th & 8th, 2013 Art Show 30A Fine Jewellery by father and daughter duo Rock Hard of Rock Hard Designs and Mariel Heart of The Heart Department. Both specialize in their unique visions of fluid and […]

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Rustic Mens Bracelet

Are you a man that is looking for a totem to symbolize something special to you? Or do you have a man in your life that would appreciate such a thing? Most of my work is delicate and feminine, but don’t be fooled, that’s not all I can do or like to do. I love […]

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Work Playlist

Would you like to peek inside my studio? Here are two videos to step inside The Heart Department’s Nashville art studio: {Scroll down to listen to the Work Playlist first} This video is an introduction to how I became a jeweler. As you may already know, I’m a second generation jeweler, but not by one […]

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Green Jewelry

I want to give you the best the world can offer and create to the best of my ability. To do so, I enjoy being an Eco-conscious Jeweler and simply being aware of creating green jewelry. To really know what I was up against, I did my research and wrote the following paper in 2009. […]

Going for It

How often do you go for it? When do you take a risk? My heart started to cave in and my lungs began to heave. I felt like I couldn’t breathe. Then, inside my chest, this constricted heart started pounding too. All tight and wound up, I couldn’t believe what I was about to do. […]