Elle Schroeder

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Industry Arts
Occupation Jewelry Artist
Location San Jose, CA, United States
Introduction My first purchase as a child was 3 polished agates. My love of stones grew. A serendipitous experience in 2002 revealed to me that designing jewelry was to be my path; I had but to listen and follow. My work incorporates my love of color, ancient civilizations, natural history, diverse cultures -- and, of course, my life stories.

I create all the jewelry seen on my websites: Glimmerdream features sterling silver & vermeil designs, while the eponymous Elle Schroeder features high-carat gold designs.

Among my many lives, I’ve worked in high-tech sales & mktg in CA, started a successful food distributorship in HI; picked beans, hoed strawberries & tended bar in OR, co-owned one of the first rollerskating shops on a So Cal boardwalk & managed a small resort on a 34-acre atoll in the South Pacific.

I now live in Northern California with my husband (and "partner in adventure"), 2 Westies, Riff Raff & Buster; a Biewer Terrier named Bodhi (aka Sugar Monkey); and 3 cats, Kitty Boy, the Princess & Jake.
Interests travel, history, exploration, reading, tandem biking, kayaking, serious snorkling
Favorite Movies The Lion in Winter, Local Hero, the Wind and the Lion, Crocodile Dundee, Gladiator, Ghengis Blues, Gone With the Wind, Blood Diamond, Croupier, Shirley Valentine, The Princess Bride
Favorite Music Emmylou Harris, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, Bon Iver, The Gypsy Kings, KT Turnstall, Joan Armatrading, Paolo Nutini, Kan'Nal, Bob Dylan, Michelle Shocked, Laura Cantrell, Rufus Wainwright, Buddy Miller, Ry Cooder, Pink Floyd, the Rolling Stones, Florence & the Machine, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Flaco Jimenez, Tom Waits, Van Morrison, Nora Jones, John Hiatt, Mike Morgan & the Crawl, the Raconteurs, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Tinariwen, Zuchero, and so many others
Favorite Books Modern Times, A Distant Mirror, A World Lit By Fire; A Suitable Boy; Heidi; anything by Alan Furst, John le Carre, Anita Schreve, Eric Ambler & Edith Wharton