Name: Rosemary Remacle

City: Sunnyvale

Previous career: A partner in a venture capital firm, and executive in the high-tech industry in Silicon Valley.

Second act: After retirement, she started her own jewelry business called Viva Diva Designs (www.vivadivadesigns.com).

How did you develop an interest in jewelry?

"My interest in color, texture and design began at a very young age with the beautiful and, to me, very dramatic and a little exotic Navajo and Hopi artifacts, jewelry and clothing that were part of my 1950s childhood in southern Arizona. I added to my growing admiration of all things unique and wonderful during family trips into Mexico and all over the western United States."

How did you start your second act?

"Over the years, before I actually made any jewelry, I collected beautiful and interesting beads, gemstones and jewelry from places like Greece, Italy, France, Turkey, Afghanistan, Tibet, Thailand, Myanmar, Hong Kong, Borneo, Taiwan, India, Kenya, Bali, Ghana and beyond. Finally, about 10 years ago, a basketful of those treasures provided the impetus for me to do something with them -- to start designing jewelry with them.

"Working with beads, gemstones and found pieces toted back to California from around the world, wonderful jewelry came to life. At first, I made pieces only for myself. But then I created necklaces and bracelets as gifts for friends and family.


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"My second act formally commenced this year with the launch of Viva Diva. Now, I am bringing my ... handcrafted necklaces and bracelets to a larger audience."

Second Act is a regular feature about people who have reinvented themselves and followed a new passion. If you would like to share a Second Act story, send an e-mail with "second act" in the subject line to Angela Hill at ahill@bayareanewsgroup.com.