my 2005 trip to Barcelona had a great impact on my use of color. when I visited the Picasso Museum, I was particularly struck by the bold colors used by Picasso during his cubism period. while I explored El Barri Gotic, the center of Barcelona, I stumbled upon a gemstone store. I was overwhelmed by the gemstone-covered walls that sparkled with majestic blues, deep reds and varying hues of yellows, oranges and purples. I purchased two strands of amethyst, which I used in the first necklace I designed.