We all have a little voice in our head that urges us to diverge off-course, try something new. Many times, we choose to ignore it in favor of the path that is comfortable, the path that is all-knowing and well worn.

But it is these little diversions that take us--if we let them--to the most unexpected, wonderful places.

That little voice spoke to me a few years back, urging me to make my way into a local bead store. I didn't have time, but the store lured me with its floor-to-ceiling inventory of colorful baubles and beads.

I left with an armful of supplies and spent a wintry afternoon making necklaces and bracelets for friends. It didn't take long before I was hooked. It didn't take long before this addiction became my passionl,then a part time business and then a full time one!

And so the journey began, and Original Hardware was born.

My design philosophy is simple: make pieces that reflect the strength, beauty and individuality of its wearer.

I like to make pieces that are off-the-beaten path and incorporate the cultures and colors of the exotic places I've travelled.

I live in Colorado--and there is plenty if inspiration here, too. From the rich earthtones to the vibrant hues of a blue sky or tangerine sunset, my pieces also reflect Colorado's ever-changing natural surroundings.

From the hand-forged silver pendants to the contemporary sterling silver designs tarnished by my own hands, I believe that details do make a difference. I choose only high-quality materials and semi-precious gemstones and prefer handcrafted components made by skilled artisans from around the world.

The last two lines of my favorite poem by Robert Frost touts the virtues of listening to the little voice that urges all of us to try something new, something original.

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-- I took the one less traveled by," the poem declares, "And that has made all the difference."

My goal is to take a few unexpected turns along the way. My designs reflect that philosophy, too.

Each piece in my collection is made with passion and creativity, and each piece tells a story.

I look forward to sharing these stories with you.


Carrie Schafer
Artisan Jeweler and Owner
Original Hardware