Learning about the techniques and craftsmanship of jewelry makers around the world has been a passion of mine for many years. I was lucky enough to be able to travel extensively in my youth to see first hand the variety of ways that people from different cultures create stunning works of wearable art. These experiences created within me a love of learning and creating, that has motivated me to become the jeweler and business owner I am today.
Every piece of jewelry I make is unique as is the process through which I make it. Soldering and fusing metal together with an acetylene torch is one of the processes that I regularly use in my work. I also utilize many forging techniques in my work; this can add texture and shape to a piece of jewelry. The metals I use are Sterling Silver, 14kt gold, brass, copper, and mixed metals. I also make the wearable art with and without precious and semi-precious gem stones. Some of the precious faceted gemstones I use are Diamond, Ruby, Emerald, Tanzanite and Alexanderite. The semi precious gemstones I use are Topaz, Garnet, Amethyst, Citrine, and Peridot, just to name a few. The final step of making any piece of jewelry, for me, is always cleaning and buffing until the piece is perfected.
Custom work is a large part of what I do on a daily basis. Sometimes customers want me to remake a piece of jewelry that they have lost, other times I am asked to design a setting for loose stones that someone has found or had removed from a ring or pendant. I have been making jewelry for more than 30 years and I can fix almost anything to include ring sizes, repair prongs, remake earrings, replace stones, reset stones, change earrings into clip or postback, restring necklaces and bracelets, replace clasps, and much more! Whatever the job, I love the challenge of making new, and remaking old jewelry. My interest is to create wearable art that creates joy for the person purchasing my work and joy for those that view it.