Far from the long snowy winters and humid summers of Upstate New York, Winifred Adams found herself at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the fall of 1990, intending to enter the fashion world in some creative way. Jewelry design always had a special draw for her, but when she finally decided to study the art at school, she was deeply disappointed to find that the curriculum had been cancelled.
But then a small gift changed her future forever. Her dear collegiate boyfriend made her a donut-shaped bracelet of varying crystals the like of which she had never seen before. Fascinated with the wondrous things, she began a quest to learn about the stones, their origins, meanings, and uses from the ancient past. For Winifred, “Crystals and stones of all colors are so beautiful, I just marvel at them–their shapes, their inclusions, their clarity, their energy–these things have always drawn me. I love that something so beautiful and powerful is produced naturally in the Earth. When I look at them or hold lots of stones in my hand, I feel them, I sense their properties and it affects me in a profoundly satisfying way.”
The first stone she purchased was a watermelon tourmaline crystal, which she had made into a ring; still a prized possession. It wasn’t long before Winifred was making her own jewelry. As she began receiving requests from all over the country for her work, she found herself creating original pieces based on the stone’s meanings and colors that resonated with the people who sought her out. Within a year, her jewelry was featured in shops in resort towns across Colorado, the Adirondack Mountains and Upstate New York.
Yet once again, life stepped in to make changes that in hindsight, prepared her for where she is today. “When I left school,” she says, “I wanted to take my jewelry to the next level, but I didn’t have the capital or the business experience to do so. So, I did what most people do; I got a job.”
Her segue into the world of health and fitness training led to a deep understanding of body systems and energetics. She herself adopted a healthful lifestyle, which she maintains today, and she began consciousness training through meditation and the study of light and sound. It was a natural progression from bio-mechanical balancing to energetic balancing through a variety of holistic modalities. From her work with health and healing, Winifred has taken her 13 year motto of “Helping you feel better from the inside out,” and applied it to her new jewelry line, Beauty and Balance.
Winifred has now brought these varied life experiences together, like pieces of a puzzle, to create the Beauty and Balance line of jewelry that supports health, healing and the experience of joy.