The Origins Story
The Prehistoric Progenitor
Leslie Sternlieb grew up in Coral Gables, Florida, where she dug holes (using a teaspoon) in her backyard in search of dinosaur bones. She didn’t find any, and apparently no one else has, either. She collected rocks and fossils, and considered herself an aspiring paleontologist. Leslie’s small local science museum didn’t have any skeletons on display, and she dreamed of seeing the dinosaur models at the Sinclair pavilion at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York. (Living in Florida did have its disadvantages.) She watched The Flintstones on TV, however.
Children are often enchanted by dinosaurs and learn the names and habits of these wondrous creatures. Leslie did, and even corrected her second grade teacher when she got something wrong.
Leslie’s interests expanded to a wide range of subjects (she received her bachelor of science in journalism, magna cum laude, from Boston University). She worked for many years in media relations for performing arts organizations and later as a magazine editor. She also directed exhibition and educational publications for The Wolfsonian–Florida International University, a museum of design and decorative arts in Miami Beach. As she grew older, philanthropy became a priority, and she served in leadership positions on a variety of nonprofit boards.
But collecting jewelry for her always held a special allure… particularly antique and artist-made pieces that told some kind of story.
Exquisite Eons unites her passions for jewelry, science, and philanthropy—with much nostalgia for her childhood dinosaur days.