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career, first fell in love with jewelry repurposed from vintage
flatware when she happened upon a ring fashioned from a
delicate demitasse spoon. 
“I wore it all the time. In 2005, we went out dancing one
night and somehow it slipped off my finger, and I didn’t realize
it was gone until the next morning. I was so upset,” she says.
She never forgot that ring. 
In 2011, Garcia was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was
during her recovery from surgery that she decided to try her
hand at creating her own jewelry.
“I was healing at home, and I became very bored because
all the things I had done before I couldn’t do anymore. I had
been very active all my life, and now I had to sit around and
do nothing. It was so hard,” she says.
“Making jewelry was my saving grace, so to say, because I
could do this without becoming exhausted, and it made me
feel good and useful.”
The first ring she made was a birthday gift for her eldest
granddaughter made from her baby spoon, “which had a
precious bunny on it. It was a real hit and very sentimental
to her.” After that, “I decided to make myself a ring like I had
lost. Now I have lots of rings.”
“My favorite projects are vintage items that can be
recreated into something different, this could be silverware
or a silver lint brush,” the self-taught artisan says. “In
May, I made a broken china silver-wrapped necklace and
earrings for a customer for Mother’s Day. Her mom loved
birds, so I had a piece of china with a bird on it, and I made
the focal piece from that. I have also taken baby spoons,
or someone’s grandmother’s silver, and I can make rings,
earrings, or bracelets for them.”
Her favorite silver designer and manufacturer is Gorham
Silver. Founded in the mid-19th century by master
craftsman Jabez Gorham, the company gained acclaim
in 1859 after First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln purchased an
impressive Gorham silver tea and flatware service for use
in the White House. Gorham’s expertise and quality was so
admired that Tiffany & Co. turned to Gorham for all of its
silverware production.
“They created some of the most beautiful patterns,” Garcia
says of Gorham. “I think my favorite pattern is St. Cloud.”
She finds materials for her work at estate sales, second-
hand shops, online, and through friends.
Garcia, who retired in May 2017 from a 30-year teaching
Jana’s Jewels ARE available at:
The Bryan Museum
1315 21st Street
Arts on Mechanic
2309 Mechanic
The Market Place at the Peanut Butter Warehouse
102 20th Street
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