Artist Statement

I love to wear and create jewelry which is an object of conversation and contemplation. My work incorporates beads and components which possess something extraordinary. It may be their timeless beauty, a fascinating  history or just something purely magical. I feel a strong connection with antique, handcrafted components. Beads are powerful artifacts, especially those that have passed through generations of hands throughout the globe. The beads which I select for my projects are objects of wonder, skill and artistry. They are rich in lore and grow more beautiful with age. Working with beads feeds and satisfies my craving for beauty with substance.

Although my love of beads was born in the 1970’s, I didn’t begin using them to make jewelry until recuperating from an illness in 1991. Beadwork became my creative touchstone during 10 years of kidney dialysis and a kidney transplant in 2002. It quickly developed into a meditative work tool, continuously helping me heal body and spirit. As a result, I feel nourished from my work and believe that positive energy extends from my hands to each piece of jewelry I create.

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Myra Schwartz



“I think jewelry can change an outfit more than anything else. Transformation, punch, individuality: One or all of the above are why you should wear jewelry.”

-Iris Apfel, style icon in her mid 90’s


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Myra Schwartz, Beadsmith

Jewelry made from Extraordinary Components

Since 1991         

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