Designer, Terry Snider, has always been drawn to the beauty and wonder of nature; from the richness and vast array of vibrant colors found buried in the earth, to the formation of magnificent pearls deep in the sea.
Her love for nature informs her designs, as each precious gem inspires its own use in the over-all aesthetic of a piece, “I find gorgeous stones, gems, or metals send me in the direction of that particular piece of jewelry.” Her designs and themes are constantly changing as she develops new interests and techniques for making her product.
As a teen, the designer would spend hours crafting beaded necklaces, making sea shell frames or pressing wildflowers. That same creativity carried on into adulthood, where she started making beautiful high-end jewelry as a hobby.
In 2009, Terry began studying gemstones and the art of jewelry making. She fell in love with the process of jewelry design, and took her commitment to creating uniquely beautiful jewelry to market. Completely self-taught, the designer devotes great attention to the smallest detail in each piece she lovingly creates by hand. Each gemstone used has a special meaning and is integral to the design of her jewelry.
Scarlet Gems officially became a business in December of 2010 when Terry started selling her jewelry through Etsy. Not long after that, a shop near her Southern California home began selling her hand-crafted necklaces and bracelets. The launch of ScarletGems.com marks the next step in the designer’s growing business. “I am a one woman show—I do all of the designing, creating, shopping for materials, shipping, finance, etc. But if the store takes off—I will expand.”
Scarlet Gems is named in honor of the Snider family’s precious toy poodle, “Scarlet.” The name wasn’t a far reach, though. Scarlet’s coat is ruby red and her eyes sparkle like diamonds.
Terry Snider’s dedication to her craft is evident to her customers through the quality of her product. “My wish is for anyone who gives or wears a piece of jewelry from my collection to know that it has been designed with the finest quality materials and created with love.”