Born in Heilbronn, Germany, Barbara grew up in the vineyards of her family's winery. She has always had an innate love of jewelry. Collecting pods. snail shells and broken glass, as a child, to make into necklaces. Later on she honed her jewelry making skills in a German jeweler's school and eventually won a scholarship to study stateside at Rit's famed graduate jewelry school.Inspired by organic shapes and art history Barbara never worries about running out of new ideas.