things are made beautiful when they’re put through fire: tara's story is proof of that. 

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tara certainly didn’t set out to be a jewelry designer. she grew up in Anchorage Alaska playing Army with her older brother. As it turned out, this prepared her for the real thing: tara's ten-year service as a Military Police Officer in the Army.

a photo taken of tara in 2004 while in school at ft. leonard wood, mo

a photo taken of tara in 2004 while in school at ft. leonard wood, mo

tara and two other squad leaders at a live fire range in kuwait, prior to iraq

tara and two other squad leaders at a live fire range in kuwait, prior to iraq

In January 2006, tara's unit was deployed to Iraq. On Valentine's Day of that same year,

her truck was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device, causing the traumatic amputation of her right leg above the knee.

The blood loss from this event caused Tara's heart to stop for almost 20 minutes, resulting in a brain injury that manifested as a movement disorder. she was also left with 3rd-degree burns, back injuries, and PTSD. In the beginning, tara's motor skills were so compromised that she couldn't hold a fork to feed herself. The loss of her independence was more traumatic than the physical injuries she suffered. Recovery was a long and dark road, and tara fell into a severe depression.

tara's truck right after the blast. the grapefruit sized hole in the door is what severed her leg

tara and her grandma in the hospital soon after her injury

tara and her grandma in the hospital soon after her injury

a photo taken of tara in 2013 while at work

a photo taken of tara in 2013 while at work

In the thick of it, a therapist suggested that tara find a hobby that used her fine motor skills. she chose jewelry, because she has always been an artist and has had an affinity for beautiful things. Throughout the multi-year process of recovery, her grit and tenacity kept her moving, and she learned everything possible about the craft while practicing everyday. creating Jewelry became tara's glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel, and it gave her a purpose, and hope; principles she missed dearly.

Tara is so grateful for the opportunities to tell her story. she has been featured on the CNN Morning Show, the Dr. Oz Show, Cosmopolitan, and Women's World, among others. 

An article about tara's story, published in the July 2016 edition of an industry magazine, Lapidary journal jewelry artist.

An article about tara's story, published in the July 2016 edition of an industry magazine, Lapidary journal jewelry artist.

an article detailing tara's story published in lapidary journal jewelry artist in july of 2016.

this was an honor.

an article about the near death experience tara had when she died.

an article about the near death experience tara had when she died.

an article about tara published in the industry magazine the retail jeweler.

an article about tara published in the industry magazine the retail jeweler.

we hope you'll join us on this journey of self (re)discovery.