by Jenny Florkowski
Along with my passion for performing I've always found great joy in creating my own jewelry but never thought of it as more than a hobby. It was two years ago while out on tour that I began to feel the urge to turn this hobby into something more serious and that's when Found Minerals Jewelry was born. I opened my Etsy shop and quickly began putting all of my extra time and energy into my company. Starting my own business is one of the most difficult things I've ever done (only second to making it to Broadway) and also one of the most rewarding.
I create men's and women's jewelry using an array of natural materials such as copper, leather and gemstones. One of my favorite pieces to make is called a mala. Malas are meditation beads made up of 108 stones, hand-knotted cord and finished with a tassel at the bottom. Traditionally these were used in eastern meditation practices. Today they are still used for this purpose but can also be worn as necklaces or wrapped bracelets. I love making these because the process feels like my own form of mediation.
I've been performing in Wicked for the past six years. My journey with the show began in 2012 when I was cast as a swing and Nessarose understudy in the Broadway company. Since then I've had the opportunity to perform in the role of Nessa, as well as a swing on both national tours. I'm currently a vacation swing, performing in the Broadway company and the national tour when, coverage is needed.
I recently created a custom mala for Wicked's own Jessica Vosk using healing gemstones that promote throat and singing health. It was a blast working with Jessica to make a unique piece just for her! I'm also excited to announce that I'm working on a Broadway inspired collectible bracelet line that will feature Broadway shows from the past and present.
My goal is that my jewelry inspires my customers - guys and ladies alike - to like themselves. My intention behind every piece I make is to create a reminder of how fabulous, brilliant, beautiful, handsome and awesome each one of you are. I'll be selling my handmade pieces alongside other fantastic artists from the cast and crew of Wicked at the Broadway Marketplace this Sunday, November 18. I hope you'll stop by, do some shopping and see what we're creating behind the scenes.