Susan Craver: Crafting colorful keepsakes

Susan Craver’s home is filled with bright blues of the sky and deep red of the clay Earth. And in her home studio, the stones and gems remind her of an old friend.

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She can remember the rings that adorned every finger, the dozen or so necklaces he would wear around his neck at one time.

He was different. He was really, really sweet. 

Susan Craver often saw Jimmy Newhouse downtown, and he’d show her the many gems and minerals he purchased at shows. He didn’t make any jewelry, unlike Susan, but he loved stones – the way they sparkled or glimmered or proudly displayed some of the most beautiful colors. 

“I am constantly in awe of things in nature,” Susan says. “They have such a great beauty that we can’t even begin to replicate them.” 

But that doesn’t mean she doesn’t try.

I am constantly in awe of things in nature. They have such a great beauty that we can’t even begin to replicate them.

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Susan Craver

Her home is filled with bright blues of the sky and deep red of the clay Earth. And in her home studio, the stones and gems remind her of an old friend. 

Jimmy died three years ago.  

His mother arrived at Susan’s door one day with the back of her SUV stacked with plastic boxes filled with stones.  

At first, Susan bought just 125 strands, about half of the stones that were in Jimmy’s collection. She crafted them into necklaces and rings and bracelets. When the pieces were complete, she called it “The Jimmy Collection.” 

At her first event, she sold enough to not only cover the cost of her first purchase but also to buy the rest of Jimmy’s stones just a few days later.

“I still open a drawer, and something I forgot is buried there,” she says. “It’s something beautiful. And Jimmy would be happy to know that others now enjoy those pieces.” 

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