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Trust me. I am a designer

Dan Balk Jewelry Silver Ring with a triangle amethyst and pearls.
Dan Balk Jewelry Sterling Silver Square Ring

Traditionally, rings are round in shape. However, when you examine the human finger you notice that they are not, in fact, round. Our wonderful fingers, which allow us to perform so may tasks- from eating food to expressing our feelings toward the driver who just cut us off, are rounded at the top and bottom and somewhat flat on the sides.

Rings designed with the finger’s anatomy in mind are far more comfortable to wear. They also reduce swelling by allowing for venous return from the finger.

There are other advantages to alternatively shaped rings. Round rings, when set with gemstones on top, become unbalanced and ‘roll’ on the finger. This change of position of the gemstone in relationship to the finger is not only annoying and uncomfortable, but changes the presentation of the gemstone diminishing the overall look of the stone.

Rings should be designed for comfort and style. If the ring is uncomfortable and restricts blood flow it will not be worn. If the jewelry is boring, and doesn’t reflect the wearers personal aesthetic, it wont be worn.

Life is to short for boring uncomfortable jewelry.  Trust me. I am a designer…

My current identity

Dan Balk designer goldsmith working at his jewelers bench
Dan Balk working in his studio at his jewelers bench.

I am a goldsmith, designer, artist, teacher, and father. I design and fabricate every piece of jewelry from raw materials in my studio in Tampa, Florida. Each piece is one of a kind, designed by me. I create my own sterling silver, 18K, and 14K alloys that I fashion, mill, forge, fuse, and braze into miniature sculptures for personal adornment. I select and set each stone, often performing my own lapidary work on select stones. I have complete contact and artistic connection with each piece of fine art jewelry from concept to collection.

Couples Ring Making Class 50% Off Holiday Savings

Dan Balk Jewelry Studio Couples Class Holiday Discount 2018
Couples Private Jewelry Class 50% Off, Hand make silver rings

I am offering a holiday special for the Couples Jewelry Making Class. If you book your private class before December 31st, 2018, I will give you a 50% discount (A savings of $225.) The regular price is $450. With the holiday special, the price for the class is $225. The offer expires 12/31/18. Supplies are included.

I am an artist and designer goldsmith. I am inviting couples to hand make rings in sterling silver. Participants discover new abilities to design and create jewelry under the guidance of a professional jeweler.

This course is a great opportunity for partners to explore each others creative and artistic side as each makes a piece of jewelry for each other. This course concludes with complementary offerings of champagne or wine, as well as fruit and chocolate.

I have opened my jewelry studio for basic silversmithing classes 7 days a week by appointment, Monday through Saturday from 9:00 AM to Noon or 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. No experience is needed. Reservations are required. Each class is approximately 3-4 hours long.

Students learn about jewelry in my fully equipped studio. Each class is private, enabling each participant to learn skills and techniques. Students will go home with their finished rings.

For more information call Nataly Balk at (813) 728-4325 or visit https://danbalkjewelry.com/jewelry-classes/couples-jewelry-class/

Bench Cat Bodhi is celebrating 1 year in the studio

Celebrating 1 year with a studio bench cat named Bodhi
Dan Balk Jewelry and Studio bench cat Bodhi

Bodhi joined the family here at the Greenhaus last year. He kinda likes hanging in the studio when the polishing machines are not on.

So, Bodhi and I have a game that he likes to play. I will put my bristle brush burs away in the holders on my bench, and he will take them out, run and hide them somewhere in the haus.  Not really cool when you are looking for your bristle brush burs, or walking barefoot around the haus. (the shafts of the burs are made of steel and slightly akin to stepping on a lego block, hot coal or other hurtful object.)

Anyway, we like having him around the studio, despite his kleptomaniacal ways, and have taken to growing some catnip among the other organic herbs we grow here. He seems to enjoy being with us while we create art and craft.  

A Play Thing

Handcrafted unique contemporary designer art jewelry by Dan Balk
Silver Art Ring

The word jewellery comes from jewel, from the old French jouel, which in turn comes from the latin jocale, which means ‘plaything’.

This piece is made in sterling silver that was hand fabricated from raw materials. I recycled old silver from former pieces and added (14K) green gold accent. I alloy my own metals, and really love the color of gold I am able to achieve with the right combinations of gold, silver and copper. A cobalt druzy, black pearls, a peach button pearl, amethyst and blue topaz are set in this wearable sculpture that I made by hand from design to finished piece from my jewelry studio in Tampa, Florida.

Home bound

It was exciting to finally get to take the bus home. After the auction, Nataly went to work trying to convert the title of the vehicle from a bus to a motor home. This was necessary in order for us to insure the vehicle and drive it home. Once the motorhome was insured, we went to get our new family member. The boys really loved meeting her, and after a short ( best two out of three) rock paper scissor, it was decided that Dan would drive Thomasita home. So ready to start this adventure!