Hi. As a jewelry designer I go by Cindy Cima Edwards. The “Cima” is what I have used in the past to sign paintings and drawings. It is actually a combination of letters from my daughter and grandchildren’s names. There are about a hundred thousand Cindy Edwards out there so I needed to change it up a bit.
I named my jewelry design business “Zimaj” (pronounced Zee mahj). It would be a long story to explain how I came up with this name but basically it is a really cool sounding name and only has 5 letters and the domain was available!
I am originally from Texas (the Dallas/Ft Worth area). My daughter (April) and I came to Arkansas in 1989. April is my only child and is an extremely talented scrapbooker and multi-media artist. You can see for yourself by checking out her blog “Live to Create” and her gallery “A Tale in Time“. She has given me three adorable grandchildren: Memphis, Charlie (granddaughter), and Castor.
I met my husband John in 1993 – he is a wonderful and very patient man. He is a web developer and designed my website as well as this blog!
In 1984, I graduated UTA Arlington with a BA in Graphic Arts. This was before computer graphics, so my degree is pretty much useless other than just being able to say I have a degree. I really didn’t want to go into graphic art anyway. I wanted to go into Art Therapy or Art teaching, but my boyfriend at that time talked me into taking graphic art. That was a mistake, as was the boyfriend!
I have dabbled in many arts and crafts endeavors over the years: painting, drawing, scrapbooking etc… but finally discovered my true passion “jewelry design” about 5 years ago. I was fascinated with jewels and stones from an early age, so this just felt right. The first necklace I created was a gift to my mom shortly before she passed away. I am sure that she would be pleased with the direction my life has taken. She loved jewelry!!! Although she would have preferred that I go into nursing, I am sure this would be a definite second choice! It seems so odd that it took me almost 50 years to find my passion!