Some Notes About The Process
As an artist, I want the terms 'handmade' and 'handcrafted' to mean something to my customers. It is my hands creating the pieces, not that of someone reproducing my designs in a large-scale production line.
Every bail, toggle clasp, cone, stone setting, ear hook, pendant and chain, was handcrafted by me. There are some components of my jewelry I purchase, as it is not feasible for me to try and make on my own (lobster clasps, snake chains, and ball chains), but those make up less than ten percent of the jewelry I produce as a whole.
The stones I use in my work are as important as the silversmithing. I am not a lapidary (not yet, anyway), meaning I do not cut my own stones. When I purchase my stones, often it is the first and last time I am ever able to find them. Pieces made with unique stones are one of a kind.
Other items you see here will be made more than once, but when I can I try to make each piece slightly different so that they too may be one of a kind.
All of my jewelry is also hand polished. After the final steps of buffing and polishing, my jewelry is then treated with micro-crystalline wax polish to help prevent tarnishing, and resist fingerprints.
Jewelry for a Fragile Planet
Approximately ninety percent of the sterling silver used in my pieces comes from pre-produced sources (also known as reclaimed or recycled silver).
The silver is collected and refined down to its purest form, then forged into new, clean, sterling silver. Since the mining of new silver has a negative effect on the environment and the communities surrounding the silver mines, using pre-produced silver just makes sense.
What about the other ten percent? There are a few components that I use in some of my pieces that I do not make myself, such as lobster clasps, snake chains, and ball chains. The ten percent can be found in those items that I did not construct myself.
I cannot guarantee these components are reclaimed silver and it is very difficult to know their origin. I am, however, always looking for new ways to supply these items in an environmentally responsible manner as possible.