Mary Foertsch was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease in 1997. After being forced to retire from teaching she developed an interest in gemstones. She studied the folklore, traditions, and purported healing powers attributed to each stone and this led her to become interested in how the different stones could be combined and presented in order to enhance both their physical and spiritual properties. She began designing and making her pieces in 2004 as therapy but it has since become her passion, hence her e-mail name, Gempassion. At first she gave her pieces away but at the suggestion of friends she began selling them. 10% of each sale goes to the American Parkinson Disease Assn.Because of her disability her output is small but each piece is uniquely designed and it is rare that you will see any pieces that are the same. In February, 2006, the World Parkinson's Congress had their convention in Washington D.C. and held their first Art Exhibit, Creativity and Parkinson's, and Mary was honored by having a piece of hers placed on exhibit. There is a permanent web site where you can find her work, along with works by other artists with Parkinson’s Disease. Go to Creativity and Parkinson's and explore. Thanks are due to all of you who came to see us at Circus McGurkus. It was our best one ever. To contact Mary Click Here.