Though Amy studied drawing and painting, she got her crash course in jewelry design while working a job at a bead and jewelry supply store. When she landed a job as a concept designer for high-end jeweler, one thing just led to another—and her whole line of feminine, colorful stone jewelry was born. That painterly approach has become her signature: color, shape and composition are the first things she thinks about, often inspired by the natural world in Southern California. Guess that is kind of unavoidable, since her studio is near beaches and mountains—and wild parrots are often flying by. No joke, that’s a little fly-by color inspiration, if we ever heard of it.