The name of the third person in this story has been masked
this story is outrageous especially for a past president of SNAG. I
have full proof and documentation of this story but Ill try to give
you the short version.
In 1997 with the encouragement of Carrie Adell my beloved friend, I
researched and created a full jewelry collection based on collecting
birch tree twigs from my front yard and casting them in gold and
setting opals and fine I am still working on this
collection after all these years. But back then I was looking for
galleries which might do well with my style. I combed all the
jewelry mags and published images at the time to satisfy my need to
bring something really unique to market.
There was a wonderful story written about me in Lapidary Journal in
june of 1999. /It was/ about me and my journey with this work. It was
titled Sticks and Stones by Annie Osburn. In March of 1997 I took
the collection with me to the SNAG conference.
I showed the work to [snip]. He loved it and asked If I would send it
to him for the following summer season on consignment.
I said sure… And I sent it out in May. I did not hear a word
until the following October when ALL the work was returned with a
short note saying sorry that the work just was not a style his
clientele seemed to respond too. May be next year… I was pretty
disappointed because it did so very well for me in my shop and in a
few other places I had positioned it in including Aaron Faber in NYC
I began to specialize in setting fantastic opals in the work which I
was getting from Eagle Creek Opals…Bill Kasso. This made the work
particularly unique because Bill has a cutting style which is very
special as well as the material he mines. And I am an opal freak! The
next season some very close friends who go up to [snip] to sail in
the summer went into his shop. They called me and told me how happy
they were to see my work there. I was a bit taken aback and looked up
[snip]'s web site and low and behold there was “my work” with the
same designs and opal gems he had purchased from Bill Kasso… Bill
told me about the sales to [snip].
I wrote a note to [snip] and told him Im not sure If I should be
flattered that he needed to copy my work or mad as heck.
His answer to me was “well lots of jewelers use twigs” That was not
the case then. I spent too much time researching. So as of today he
is publishing my “story” as his own (with a small twist) about the
birch tree twig work.
and continues to call this work his… So much for his ethics. I
don’t have the $ for a legal battle.
But I will never forget. Mr. [snip] is laughing all the way to the