Patricia Paz-AltschulThroughout her life, Patricia Paz-Altschul has always been passionate about seeing the beautiful in the seemingly ordinary. From creating stained glass lamps and windows to studying architecture in college, art is central to who she is.

While raising her family in the desert of southern California, she discovered her love of jewelry design and creation and has never looked back. She’s found inspiration in the landscape around her and her jewelry reflects both the rich contrasts and vibrant, earthy tones of the desert’s natural beauty.

Patricia has been designing, teaching, and making jewelry professionally for over twenty years now. “Every morning I wake up and can’t wait to get started on the projects of the day,” Paz-Altschul shares. “It’s not work; it’s just a part of my world.”


"Inspiration is a guiding light in a world overflowing with information. Patricia Paz-Altshul is a wonderful instructor providing inspiration and information to her students. I've taken classes from Patricia for five years and through her expertise and encouragement I have acquired knowledge and technical skills and developed designs I now share with others. Whether Patricia is teaching a class, helping family and friends or just passing someone by, her kind and generous spirit blesses the lives of the people around her. In my view Patricia offers more than a signature style in jewelry design, she is a light in the world of those who know her."

- Ingrid Stonecipher

"I have been a faithful fan of Patricia's jewelry for many years. I find she has a unique talent with an especially keen eye for design and color. Her original and varied creations are timeless and yet she has constant awareness of the latest trends and movements in the fashion world. I am a proud owner of many of her pieces and am consistently complimented when wearing them."

- Donna Higueras

"Patricia is a very innovative and talented artist who gives a tremendous amount of love and care to her artistic creations. The same love, passion, and devotion she has provided to me as my mother is similarly expressed through the beautiful jewelry pieces she creates. Patricia has a keen eye and the incredible dexterity to manipulate precious stones and metals into exquisite pieces of jewelry. She takes tremendous pleasure in sharing her talents and knowledge with the artistic community and her students. Truly an exemplary artist and teacher."

- Ozzy Paz Altschul

"Patricia performs magic with wire and beads.  An exquisite jewelry maker, she is also a generous and talented teacher.  I met her at Monica's Quilt and Bead Creations in Palm Desert where she teaches her craft, and I'm lucky enough to be one of her students.  Her specialty is Wirework, but she is accomplished in stringing, beading, bead weaving, and chain maille as well.  Energetic, enthusiastic, and creative, her jewelry reflects both her joie de vivre and high standards."

-Liz Calafiore


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