During the month of March, our 3D featured artist is jeweler Barbara Simmons. Barbara comes from a creative family, and after retiring from a career as a high school library media teacher, she decided to explore the art world, and immediately became devoted to designing silver jewelry. She is inspired by the unique stones and interesting shapes of the minerals she works with. Barbara specializes in larimar, a rare, pale blue mineral found only in the Dominican Republic. She also frequently uses sea glass, which she collected on the beaches while living in California. Barbara’s simple, elegant, and tasteful designs are often based on motifs found in nature such as leaves and undulating waves.