In 1989, Chili Rose discovered her passion for jewelry making. With an obsession for beads and a love of the Southwest sensibility, Adonnah combined detailed pattern and texture and ultimately created a modern style of beaded jewelry.
Bead weaving is a slow and precise process. The art is found within the relationship between color, texture, size, and finish of various beads. Many of her designs can take days to perfect once the initial design has been established.
Adonnah uses sterling silver with glass, pearls, turquoise, gems, and other stones such as quartz, lapis, jade and coral. Throughout the years, Adonnah has designed and manufactured more than 25 unique sterling silver clasps which sets Chili Rose in a category of its own.
"What makes my work so unique is the dimensional beading process I created in 1990. Up until then, bead weaving was an American Indian specialty that used single size beads to create a flat surface. I didn’t want to compete with the master Native American beaders, rather I wanted to create something modern to differentiate my beading style from what the discerning shopper was accustomed to seeing. The solution was using different size beads with special finishes and materials such as gold cords and threads to create dimensions within the bracelet strip. Many people have adopted this technique now as their own, however, my works stands alone in its use of color, pattern and complexity."