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Meet Manon Doyle of Sisters of the Sun in Scottsdale

Today we’d like to introduce you to Manon Doyle.

Manon, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was born in the province of Quebec, Canada. As a child, I was always painting and doing crafts. In school, I majored in Fine Arts and Art history but nothing really prepared me for where I ended up. In many ways, I still consider myself self-taught. For many years I was a glass mosaic artist/painter. I did a big mosaic project that took me over four months and I decided it was time for a career change so I went to Deer Isle, Maine to Haystack Mountain School of Crafts to learn how to enamel. That got me very interested in jewelry fabrication. I torch enameled for a couple of years but I eventually fell in love with gemstones primarily turquoise.

I create original pieces using the most amazing stones. I source genuine turquoise from various mines for my turquoise rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings. I love to let the gemstones and turquoise take center stage to show off their true beauty. Most of my work also has an inspiring message or quote to bring special meaning to the owner. I want my work to feel happy and heartfelt to its owner because it’s usually what I’m feeling when I create them. I love to bring a special meaning to each piece I make either with words or design and I try and wear everything at least once so I can send out good mojo to the recipient.

I named my company Sisters of the Sun. The *sisters* is partly because I’ve always felt a kinship with sisterhood and the sun represents light, energy, life and spirituality. The heart in my sun means warmth, love, compassion and the spirit of giving.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Ha….. it’s never a smooth road. There are days I still go in my studio and melt or crack something. A jeweler friend of mine gave me the best advise and that was *when you’re melting everything in sight…. walk away for the day.* It holds true… sometimes you need to regroup. Also…. even though I get to do what I love I still have to make a living so there are some months that are more challenging. It is sales after all but it usually ends up balancing out.

Please tell us about Sisters of the Sun.
I’m a metalsmith/jewelry designer. I create one of a kind pieces usually with inspirational words and quotes. I’m most proud that people love my work and they buy my pieces because it means something special to them.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite memory from childhood is hanging out with my mom’s big family for summer cookouts.

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