Leigh began a second career fifteen years ago learning the joy of making fine jewelry. Her work is an expression of the limitless opportunities of merging design, stunning gemstones created in nature, and metals worked and shaped by hand. Her pieces capture the energy and beauty of the materials, and are both dynamic and harmonious.
Each of Leigh's pieces is individually hand-fabricated and, as such, each piece is one of a kind. The work may be produced in a series that follows a design theme, but every individual piece is unique to itself. Working in sterling and fine silver, gold, shikudo, shubuishi, and copper, Leigh uses several techniques to texture her work, including Mokume-gane, granulation, reticulation, acid etching, and patina. She also finds inspiration in a wide variety of gemstones, adding touches of color with amethyst, sunstone, moonstone, citrine, peridot, and a rainbow of other colored stones.