Ronni Kappos grew up in Los Angeles with her identical twin sister. She studied Art History at the UC Santa Cruz and then started making her own jewelry. She first fell in love with vintage beads when she picked up a few of them at a local bead store. Over the next few years, she amassed a vast collection of beads by fastidiously tracking sources and researching the many types of glass. She built a loyal clientele for her jewelry, first in Los Angeles, and then across the United States. Now she also sells jewelry in Japan, Europe, and Australia. Ronni has been working full time on her line since September 2002.Ronni's singular approach to design stems from a commitment to her materials; German beads from the early part of the century yielded elegant, simple shapes in a rich palette of colors that are not available in contemporary beads. Ronni brings endless variation to these beads, developing hundreds of styles over the years, ranging from austere and minimal pieces to ornate, elaborate constructions. Some of her work is thematic, referring visually to Egyptian motifs (current season), molecules, candy, or collars and neckties. She is influenced by architecture and modern art.