The Story of a Jeweler: Tara Hutch

The one thing that makes Tara’s jewelry different is – her jewelry has a story behind it: Tara’s jewelry literally saved her and helped in the rebirth of her spirit. Tara is a wounded war veteran of the Army. She lost her leg on Valentine’s Day, 2006, while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Due to the subsequent brain injury from the explosion, she was left with a permanent Parkinson’s-like movement disorder, and during rehabilitation an occupational therapist suggested Tara become involved with a hobby that used her fine motor skills.

She decided to buy every book and read every article she could find on jewelry making, and she eventually taught herself difficult jewelry techniques. She crafts her one-of-a-kind jewelry out of gold, silver and fine gemstones and sells it on her website and at trunk shows. She is truly an artisan who handcrafts beautiful pieces of one-of-a kind wearable art. When people purchase a Tara Hutch original, they aren’t just buying a piece of jewelry, they are purchasing a bit of Tara’s spirit; a small amount of her ability to look beyond and overcome adversity.

Tara has appeared on The Dr. Oz Show in April 2011 as part of a panel of veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder, and has appeared on a local San Antonio television program, San Antonio Living, twice. She has been published in Vetrepreneurs magazine and recently had a necklace accepted into a local San Antonio art exhibit titled Inspires on Fire. She averages 1 donation piece per month to charitable organizations, and is a member in good standing with the Better Business Bureau. She was requested by the Independence Fund to travel to South Carolina and teach jewelry making to wounded warriors and family members in September 2011. She was accepted to be a part of the juried Autumn Crafts Festival at the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, New York in October 2012.

Tara is a very inspirational woman in that she is totally self-sufficient. She skis, white water rafts, surfs, swims, and gets her wheelchair in and out of her car, by herself — all with one leg.

For more information on Tara’s jewelry, see her website. She also maintains a Facebook business page with tips on jewelry care, storage ideas, trends, and new project updates.

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