If you're too old to become a rodeo queen, design jewelry for one! That was my thinking when I approached Kayla, the reigning Miss Rodeo Montana 2019.
Kayla is the first Kalispell rodeo queen in a lot of years, more than anyone cares to count. So, the whole community rallied around her to support her quest in the Miss Rodeo USA pageant. There were fundraising galas, big company donations and sponsorships, but what could a small, independent jewelry designer do to help support the local rodeo queen?
What about all the inexpensive jewelry out there, on the market, that claims it is made with turquoise? Sorry to burst your bubble, but most of those stones are not turquoise at all. They are usually magnesite and howlite dyed in turquoise color. The rest of the cheap stones are imported, inferior quality turquoise. So, how do you know what to choose? Glad you asked, because I'm about to give you a little lesson here.