What do you do when you can’t find a specific piece of jewelry (that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg) to match an outfit that you’ll be wearing to an important upcoming event? Well, if you’re Dr. Karen Moolman you take matters in your own hands and make it yourself.

Dr. Karen Moolman and her husband immigrated to the United States from South Africa in 1997. The couple have four sons, 2 in college and 2 in high school, and reside in Franklin TN. Since she was young, Karen Moolman made things with her hands, including sweaters and blankets and various other items. I recently had the opportunity to ask her what exactly led to jewelry making in particular and like many things in life, it was a combination of things. A necklace she’d received from her mother-in-law in South Africa had broken, she needed a particular piece for an upcoming event, and she was given a tremendous amount of supplies used in jewelry-making. The combination of these three events led to Mooliemarket, an Etsy shop where people all over the world can purchase her beautiful pieces. She uses semi-precious stones, pearls, and various metals.

Dr. Moolman truly has a gift when it comes to making jewelry. Each piece is stunning and a one of a kind that can’t be found elsewhere. I’m fortunate to own a few of her pieces and I absolutely love them and always get tons of complements.  But don’t take my word for it, check out her Etsy page for yourself where you’ll find pictures of her entire collection, which has an impressive 5 star review.

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