"The beads are Naga beads that I collected on a four month trip to India
years ago. Apparently the Naga tribes people wore little more than
jewelry—my kind of people! At the time, I met a woman from Bali who
was buying these beads along with fabrics to resell and make her living.
I was inspired to do the same, but ended up not parting with the beads
and designing my own jewels instead."