Mary Steratore, creator & designer of b.u. jewelry, studied at the University of Pennsylvania where she earned a PhD in religion and archaeology. After leaving her career in archeology she went on extensive world travels, finally settling in Rome Italy where she began sculpting and painting. She designs and handcrafts each jewelry form herself; molds are then made in Italy by skilled craftspeople utilizing the lost wax casting technique. b.u.. , "be you", is jewelry that reminds you to be yourself.