Jewelry designer, Carol Ackerman, originally from Toronto, Canada, now makes her home in the Farmington Valley of central Connecticut. Carol studied geology at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and then earned her Graduate Jeweler Gemologist Diploma from the Gemological Institute of America in California, before starting to work at the jeweler's bench in 1986.
Carol, known for her feminine botanically themed designs, also works in a more contemporary style incorporating fabulous gemstone beads and very fine colored gemstones including tanzanite, tourmaline, spinel , and of course, multicolored sapphires.
Her studio is attached to the gallery and you can watch her work through the large picture window between the gallery and studio. Carol produces a new collection every two years, and is constantly designing new pieces. Carol will create custom designs for you to incorporate heirloom family gemstones, or create a new one of a kind piece. Oftentimes, the customer's ideas will be incorporated into one of her collections. Carol says, "My clients are always inspiring me to create more interesting and complex pieces."
Please stop by the gallery to watch her working and browse through the shop of exceptional handcrafted items.