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Mixed Gemstones

I've been on a color binge recently, adding vivid gemstones to everything I make in the studio. And shopping far too much for new stones, much to the dismay of my checking account. In particular, I'm loving rose-cut gems. I prefer the artisan cut free form stones. The imperfection is part of the charm. Even with earrings, the stones are only similar, not perfectly paired. And beyond that, I'm enjoying adding a tiny sparkle of a related color to add a bit of flash. I cut tiny lengths of tubing and drill seats for tiny faceted stones. It's a nice contrast - rustic vs. refined, bright vs. dark, large vs. small.  These bold Spring Greens earrings feature glowing rose cut apple...

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Rose Sapphire Studs

I'm tall, 5'11", and I typically favor long earrings. They seem more in proportion to my body, and as well they give a nice large canvas for design. But I understand that many wearers prefer smaller, more discrete earrings. That doesn't mean boring though.  So I've been trying to make a variety of sizes of earrings recently. These small rose sapphire earrings are at the smaller end of the scale.  Tiny hand-sculpted roses float on a hammered halo ring below glowing rose-cut pink sapphires in these one-of-a-kind stud earrings.  Fabricated in highest quality Argentium sterling silver with fine silver details for low maintenance, hypoallergenic and 100% recycled silver content.  

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A New Collection

I’m enjoying working on a new collection that doesn’t bear my trademark dark patina. It’s more light and delicate, and feels somehow appropriate for spring, now sliding into summer. The work is very meditative. I carefully twist heavy square wire into freeform rings, oval or round or teardrop shaped, but perfectly imperfect. I delicately hammer texture the metal to catch the light. Then I add small hand-sculpted components from my stash – leaves and flowers, birds and insects – to artfully dance across the open ring. Finally, I add a few other details – granules, tiny tube-set stones, larger rose cut gems in bezels or prong settings, as well as the necessary handmade ear wires or posts or jump rings...

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More Dagger Earrings

"Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen." - John Steinbeck Every morning I write in my journal and do a little design sketch work before heading out to the studio. Based on the recent dagger/ sticks&stones earrings, I've been riffing on that theme. How can I use up all those dagger drops? I find that if I just draw a handful, something will inspire me to go try it in metal.   

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