Symbolizing sunshine reflecting off of a babbling brook.
Sterling silver, 14K gold fill and tourmaline eyes. Fabricated.
It's a real privilege to work in collaboration with a client to create just the right piece of jewelry, incorporating his or her story, expressing his or her heart. A piece of jewelry is very personal. I take it seriously.
My job here was to create a necklace from a collection of earrings and other special pieces that had been given to my client by her husband over the years. She no longer wears earrings. We collaborated on the design.
It was challenging but so much fun! What a treat to work with so many Thomas Mann pieces.
AAA ruby, 14k rose gold, sterling silver
Using gold and diamonds from her parents' rings we fashioned a simple, wide sterling band with low profile, flush set diamonds.
Wedding bracelet for sweet Janecka. Inspired by Dr. Who theme. Sterling silver, 14K gold fill, sapphire, iolites, tanzanites. Fabricated.
Sterling silver band with a large ruby, inverted and set into an 18K gold bezel and a small white topaz tube set into 14K gold.
Using 3 of her mother's diamonds with additional white and blue diamonds, we fashioned this special ring for Jill's wedding band. The interior metal waves were forged from the thin band of her mother's engagement ring.
Architect David chose this clean style of combined oxidized sterling silver and 18K gold for his wedding band.
Caroline and Michael
14k rose gold. Caroline’s ring was made to fit with the antique diamond ring that came from Michael’s grandmother.
earrings made from her mother's diamond ring
A gift from her mother, a necklace with the big and little dippers, symbolizing the forever mother daughter connection.
Sterling silver, 14K gold, cubic zirconia
One of a set of two anniversary bracelets with various symbols. The central link depicts a mountain and two converging rivers, an homage to their wedding location.
Closeup of one of a set of two anniversary bracelets with various symbols.
The main link, on the right, depicts a mountain and two converging rivers, an homage to their wedding location.
For his handsome self and his bridegrooms, tie bars. The stamped lines matched the angles of the lines in their oh so fab, purple and grey plaid ties.
Jeff's tie bar is flush set with a tiny, faceted amethyst and has a hops blossom design stamped into it.
Birthday cluster necklace, using existing 18K gold Greek made cross and pearls from favorite earrings. Radiating heart, woven fine silver basket and various beads.
A college graduation gift from her parents, this necklace includes various jewelry elements from her own childhood, Maggie's parents, grandparents, and great grandparents, all refashioned into this special charm necklace. Her mom was a little nervous about these family artifacts being cut and altered but was thrilled when she saw the finished piece.
sterling silver, 10K gold, 14K gold, 14K goldfill, various gemstones, beads and beach glass
A gift from her parents, upon achieving her doctorate degree, specializing in U.S. Civil War history. A Union soldier's brass button, set in sterling silver on a handmade chain.
Sally, the back
Back of the pendant, stamped with a Lincoln quote to a newly freed slave,
"Freedom is your birthright."
A small diamond sits in the center, in memory of her mother,
her editor and advisor for her thesis.
Circle of Love
Five separate rings that nestle together as one, split into five separate pendants that went to five friends separated by miles.
Each ring includes the birthstones of each of the women.
Long a favorite theme of mine, more recently, making them has become therapeutic for me. A small piece I can offer toward healing a broken world.
Made for the Halstead Design Challenge, 2018.
Inside this hinged heart pin/pendant hides a small, heart-shaped shell fragment, epoxied and cold connected to the sterling back with a small, 18K wire staple. It shares its space with a chain bail for converting into a pendant and a small, rolled paper insert, stuck in the little pocket for a love note or written intentions of the heart. The pocket holding the note has small slivers of 18K gold sheet melted into the surface, symbolizing the preciousness and value of the loving heart.
I’ve engraved “Love is” and descriptive words both inside and on the back of the pin/pendant, all hidden from the front view, but implied by the intricacies of the forged, hinged, locking doors. The little chained clasp holds a sweet garnet cabochon.
Simple, fold-form silver/brass bimetal, sterling silver, 14K gold and hot rivet set rubies.
Keep the Home Fires Burning
Pin/pendant. Inscribed on the back. Forged copper, Sterling silver, 14K gold.
This piece was made for a silent auction to raise money for a local charity, MADISON HAS HEArT, that helps provide heat for their neighbors' homes.
Black Opal Heart Necklace
Sterling and fine silver, 14K and 18K gold, Australian black opal and beach pebble.
Gold and sapphire ring
Thin, forged, 14k gold band. A 2mm, AAA grade, faceted blue sapphire has been bezel set, nestled into the side of the ring.
Ruby Ring #1
Sterling silver, ruby, 18K gold, white topaz, 14K gold. The ruby (mined by client) was set upside down, creating a much more interesting ring. Fabricated.
Ruby Ring #2
Sterling silver, 18K gold and a rough finished ruby cabochon. Fabricated.
Sterling silver with flush set sapphires. Fabricated.
Red, Mexican Fire Opal Ring
Rich, orange-red fire opal is set into a 14K gold setting. Rough "hewn" sterling silver band.
Hand fabricated sterling silver.
Silver and Gold Ring
Sterling silver, 14K gold. Fabricated.
Sterling silver, garnet cabochon. Fabricated.
Heavy Metal Ring #1
Sterling silver, copper, 18K gold. Fabricated.
Heavy Metal Ring #2
Sterling silver, copper, serpentine, with brass rivets. Fabricated.
Heavy Metal Ring #3
Sterling silver, copper, moonstone, with brass rivets. Fabricated.
Layered Opal Ring
A purple/blue, Australian black opal is set into a 14K gold bezel, then rivet set through the polished Topsail Island beach pebble.
Layered Turquoise Ring
The silver and gold "button" is riveted through the turquoise and silver band for an unusual layered look. Sterling silver, 18K gold, turquoise. Fabricated.
Layered Purple Sugilite Ring
The gold and silver "button" is riveted through the sugilite and silver base. Sterling silver, 18K gold, sugilite. Fabricated.
Layered Pebble Ring
Sterling and fine silver, beach pebble and purple iolite. Fabricated.
From my early childhood forward, I have been keenly aware of my natural surroundings. This particular collection of botanical jewelry was inspired by the flora enjoyed on my morning stroll down my mountain garden path.
"Choose Happiness" Coneflower
Pin/pendant made from sterling silver, brass and rhodonite.
Fern Fronds "Unfolding in the Morning Light"
Pin/pendant with sterling silver, brass, copper, Deschutes Jasper, rose cut prehnite
"The Earth Provides" Sunflower
Pin/pendant made from sterling silver, black onyx and Deschutes Jasper.
sterling silver, garnet
Dogwood Blossom Pin/Pendant
Sterling silver, brass and garnets.
Sterling silver, fine silver, 14K gold, faceted white topaz.
This deer pin was created for a Society of North American Goldsmiths' kinetic design challenge (paired with Halstead Bead and Blue Spiral Gallery, in Asheville, NC) and was subsequently in a show at Blue Spiral Gallery in May, 2016.
All Creatures back
All creatures great and small
Dogwood flower pin/pendant
Sterling silver, copper, garnets.
Sneezeweed flower pin/pendant
sterling silver, copper, carved slate center, brass rivets