Hi I am Danielle. I am writing this "About Me" page, which kind of feels like an autobiography. I just wanted to tell you a little about myself.
I was born and raised in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, where I lived until I attended college at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. There I received a BS degree in a subject that I totally love, geology. I guess that is how I became interested in working with gemstones. Although I have to admit, I have learned more about the minerals of this earth since I started designing gemstone jewelry.
After completion of my geology degree, I moved to Northwest Arkansas, where I enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Ozark Mountains. My parents still live in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, but now they have somewhere to go on vacation and visit me at the same time.
Upon moving to Arkansas in 2002, I took my gemstone jewelry business to the world wide web. Running a website keeps me busy, as I am constantly designing and adding new jewelry designs to keep my website fresh and interesting.
In addition to my website, my jewelry designs can also be seen at the Ellen Hobgood Gallery in Heber Springs, AR. Additionally, I do a bit of advertising in Cowboys and Indians Magazine where you might have seen an ad of mine in the General Store section, way in the back - I just love that magazine.
Other than designing jewelry, I love spending time with my husband, Ashley, and our many pets. Currently we have two dogs: Amber (mix), and Bear (Australian Shepherd), and our many rescued cats: Ryan, Jasper, Patches, Skid Mark, Blue Streak, Spencer, Larimar, 6-Toes, Apache, Cooper, Sampson, Citrine, Pumpkin and Obsidian. I have a tremendous love for animals, and they will always be a very important part of my life.
I also enjoy digital photography. I take all pictures needed for my website, but I find great joy in taking landscape and nature pictures. I have a few of my pictures exhibited at DanielleRossPhotography.com.
Being a metalsmith is my true calling, as I love working with metal and all the natural stones and fossils, creating one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces. And I have to admit, it is the greatest high to have someone want to wear my jewelry, other than myself, my Mother and my Mother-in-Law. I will continue to make new gemstone jewelry designs as long as this earth will create the minerals that form these beautiful semi-precious gemstones and fossils.