My passion is making beautiful body adornments (jewelry)

SILVR: What was the deciding moment that made you to take a leap of faith and create your own jewelry designs?

Aaron: I was working in both woodworking and moonlighting making jewelry. I realized one night that when I was making jewelry was when I felt excited and energized. Especially anytime I was making something new. I decided jewelry was a passion that I needed to pursue. That understanding came to me in an instant. I was very fortunate in the fact that my woodworking partner understood that taking that step was necessary.

SILVR: When was the last time you nearly gave up on a project or situation, but kept trying at it and knocked it out of the park?

Aaron: The instance that comes to mind is a little over a year ago. I was working with a customer’s stone, a very large Amethyst he wanted a pendant made out of. It was for his daughter for a graduation present. I came up with a design that we both liked. I made a mock up in copper to make sure all the feature would work and hold the stone properly. I realized, several mock ups later, that my design would not hold the stone securely. I was almost ready to call the client and tell them the stone was just too big. While staring at the stone a visualization of how to set the stone popped in to my head. It turned out to be much more elegant and really made the beautiful amethyst the center of attention. They loved it!

SILVR: What was the last project you worked on that truly fed your soul? Or what encounter have you had with a customer that truly fed your soul or validated your work?

Aaron: Anytime I am approached to make a wedding ring based on my designs I am inspired and grateful. My favorite clients are those who seek me out because they like the style that I work in. That creative freedom removes stress from the outcome and allows me to really tap in to the art of jewelry making.

SILVR: Who was the one person in your professional career that helped or inspired you the most?

Aaron: Jory Brigham, my former woodworking partner. As a start his work is amazing and unique. Working with him and seeing that passion that would come up in him while designing made me realize that I was missing that. I had small glimpses of that in some projects, but it was not until I started creating my own jewelry that I was able to tap in to that on a regular basis. He showed me what is possible when you find your true calling in life. Anybody that sees his work can tell that he is a man that has a true connection to his work. In the world of mass production it is so cleansing and inspiring to see works like his.

SILVR: What do you love the most about what you do?

Aaron: I love for the fact that I am creating. The fact that I am able to take raw natural materials and sculpt them in to shapes that people enjoy enough to wear them on their bodies. There is something so gratifying about knowing these materials at one point were swirling around in the cosmos before this planet was formed. It is now my job to take those same materials present them to others in a visibly pleasing way.


SILVR: What is the farthest you have been from home?

Aaron: I think Thailand, the other two options would be South Africa or New Zealand. I honestly do not know which was is furthest from California. Quickly glancing at a world map it appears that Thailand is. Googling the answer just feels like cheating

SILVR: At what age did you become an adult?

Aaron: HAHA that is still a work in progress

SILVR: What story does your family always tell about you?

Aaron: Probably not a good idea to tell that one.

SILVR: What was the first thing that you bought with your own money?

Aaron: Is money really ever ours? haha

SILVR: If you were immortal for a day, what would you do? Can you be immortal for just one day?

Aaron: I feel like that goes against the definition of immortality

SILVR: If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Aaron: Be enlightened, it seems to be such a peaceful way to be…

SILVR: If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?

Aaron: Buddha

SILVR: What time did you go to bed last night and were you alone?

Aaron: 11:30 (later than I like) and yes.

SILVR: What is your guilty pleasure?

Aaron: Firehot cheetos. Sooo good but I think it is just the MSG that is so tasty.

SILVR: How do you want to be remembered?

Aaron: As a caring driven person that cherished his family and friends. He gave back to that which provided so much to him. A great person. (not in the ego sense)

SILVR: Who do you admire?

Aaron: Anybody who follows their passion.

SILVR: What is your mission?

Aaron: To be the best person I can be. To be a great friend, a passionate artist, a steward to the environment that supports us, and someone courageous enough to always be honest no matter how uncomfortable it may be.