I created these triangular engagement/wedding rings for a wonderfully unconventional couple a few years ago. They had wandered into our old brick and mortar store looking for unique silver and gold jewelry. I am not always able to meet every patron I create work for, so when I have developed a relationship with the people I am working with, it is very special for me. They were clearly in love, and enjoyed the variety of shapes and styles of rings I offered. After some time, we decided to create a pair of these one-of-a-kind triangular shaped rings set with two lovely checkerboard cut London blue topaz. They loved the experience and, of course, their rings.
Traditionally, rings are round. The shape has symbolism to many. An unending curved line of gold or silver. But what about other rings of different shapes? Can they be comfortable? Are they wearable? Well, of course, the answer to both questions is an outstanding yes. In fact, I find that people respond in curious ways when they discover that not all rings are round. Many are surprised at the comfort a square shanked ring provides. Some women and man have been unable to wear finger adornments because of the shape of their knuckle joints only to find that a ‘D’ shaped ring I create can accommodate their finger better than a round shape. I have heard the squeals of delight, as women have gone through my showcases trying on a variety of unique shaped rings, finding shapes that suit their specific style and anatomy.
It is my pleasure to play with convention and tradition in my art. I love creating these miniature sculptures for body adornment. The interplay and juxtaposition of shape and color are always prevalent in my designs, along with consideration of the overall comfort of the piece. If it was meant to be worn, then it must be comfortable as well as emotionally evocative and aesthetically pleasing.
At my bench, one one one, students can learn the basics of jewellery fabrication including piercing, soldering, and stone setting. These traditional techniques and art they create are thousands of years old, culturally significant and in todays world of computer printed and machine produced jewellry, are in jeopardy of being lost. In recent years, there has been a resurgence of artists drawn to the medium, increasing the desire to learn silversmithing and goldsmithing techniques. Artistically adventurous people come from all over the country to spend time at my bench and learn a foundation in this vast medium. Students are often surprised at the amount of time, labor and care that goes into the fabrication of a single piece of jewelry. I love sharing what I do with people, not only because I am passionate about the art I create, but also because we have an obligation as artisans to share our accumulated knowledge with successive generations of craftspeople.
At any given time there can be found a variety of treasures on the soldering board. Tonight I am creating small silver and copper pendants for two special little people who are celebrating their birth. Also there is small trees on the board waiting to have silver ‘roots’ soldered on to the bottom, where they will eventually hold even smaller pieces of turquois and malachite. Another visitor on the board this evening is a 14k white gold Kemp Ridley sea turtle. I love all of nature and sentient beings that share this space with me. This little guy is no exception. He is destined for his forever home in Texas, once I clean up its twin and solder ear ring backs on to them.
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.
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.