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Vivanté Designs
Hand-Crafted Silver Jewelry


by Carol L. Wilkins

I grew up in Massachusetts, on the beaches of Cape Cod. I traded the beach for the mountains in 1990. I have lived in SW Colorado for 20 years, being in the heart of the San Juan Mountains for almost 13 years. I currently spend my time between Silverton, CO, and Tucson, AZ, with my boyfriend Ken and our two dogs, Charley and Kendall. I'm lucky to be able to live in two uniquely beautiful places.

Vivanté Designs. 'Vivant' in French means alive. My business reflects this. In 2011, I launched my jewelry-making career after a deep personal tragedy. It is so rewarding to see how happy one of my designs makes someone. I put a lot of care and intention into each piece I make. I have been involved in some form of art my entire life. My favorite thing about jewelry making is gemstones. There is such a wide variety to choose from. I enjoy picking out a stone, feeling it in my hands and letting the idea for it come to me. I often say, "I'm like a kid in a candy store when it comes to picking out stones".

Nature inspires me. While I'm out hiking with the dogs, I notice so much. Being outside gives me ideas, as well as clears my mind.

I believe simple is better, both in my designs and in my life. My designs reflect simplicity, with a bit of boldness. I like clean lines in my work.

The possibilities of what I do are endless. I’m so thrilled for this chapter of my life.