Finding the perfect gemstone at the Tucson Gem Show

It's been a few years since my last visit to the Tucson Gem Show, but it truly is one of my favorite events during the year.  I am surrounded by my tribe of kindred spirits who love to design and create in metal and stones.  I'll be leaving in less than a week with a...

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New Year beginnings

Much of the jewelry that I create for my clients involves the recycling of existing pieces of jewelry in gold, platinum or silver that have lost their physical or sentimental luster. This new year in many ways is the same for me personally as I transition from being...

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A Thanksgiving memory

As we approach Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday of the year, I am reminded of the people that have influenced my life over the years.  Every one of them was a giving and caring individual who saw the magic in life and the possibility of creating a better world. When...

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Wedding rings that reflect your journey together

As a designer and maker of custom engagement and unique wedding rings I thrive on getting to the core of who my clients are as individuals and as couples. Over the years these rings have taken on various symbols and metaphors that reflect their journey together....

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A journey helps create a couple’s engagement ring

One of the great joys in creating wedding jewelry is blending amazing gems and precious metals into engagement and wedding rings with a story. Sometimes those stories are quite literal and on occasion a simple reference to something that is important to a couple can...

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Teaching jewelry making workshops

Simply put, I make jewelry because I love making jewelry. I love the hammers and torches. I love the files, gadgets as well as the hand tools that I’ve crafted over the years. I love everything about designing and creating custom engagement and wedding rings. I also...

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Jewelry for the hands

Jewelry for the hands   Over the years of my creating custom engagement and wedding rings one thing that I have learned is that I love making jewelry for hands because I think that hands are beautiful! Hands are amazing feats of natural engineering that can build...

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A very special mountain wedding ring

When I am invited to create a wedding ring for a client I attempt to look beyond the obvious gold or platinum and diamonds, though they may be a part of the final design. What I look for are qualities or aspects of the ring’s design that has more importance than the...

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Jewelry of importance becomes family heirloom

One of the truly amazing things about creating custom jewelry is that on occasion I am invited to design and craft family heirlooms that are significant to a family and their evolving history. Currently I am creating a pendant for a young couple to celebrate the birth...

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A more affordable white metal for your wedding rings.

If you are thinking about a less expensive engagement ring or wedding band in a white metal I would suggest looking at continuum silver.  Continuum silver is a fairly new silver alloy that can be heat hardened to about the same hardness as white gold. This option...

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A very special Christmas engagement ring

On occasion I am invited to create an engagement ring for a good friend and I can’t tell you how happy I am to be a part of such an important time in their life. This past December I was asked by my good friend Tyler to create a surprise engagement ring for his...

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A sterling silver moonlight ski

It can be a powerful thing to donate jewelry that I have created for a cause that I believe in. This last month I created and donated a special sterling silver and yellow sapphire pendant for Virginia Meissner Snow Park’s annual fundraiser.   Virginia Meissner is...

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The repairing and restoration of fine jewelry

When repairing a piece of jewelry one of the first things that need to take place it to examine what has been done to the piece already. In this case it includes how the silver ring was made, looking for any previous repairs and lastly to closely examine what has...

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Fabricating a new gold wedding ring

The foundation for fabricating a new wedding ring all starts from scratch with the intricate process that sparks the layers of creativity. It begins when pure gold casting grain is melted and alloyed in to 18kt gold. I then mill the new alloyed gold into what is...

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A very simple wedding ring

Engagement and wedding ring designs can take on many shapes, forms and materials, but many times as they say in the art world... less is more.  By this I mean that many designs today seem to be filled with as much stuff as that shape or form can handle.  I have...

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A wedding ring begins like a blank canvas

The earliest stages of designing an engagement or wedding ring begins with two simple things, the ring’s size and how wide or narrow my client would like their ring. This is the structural foundation for everything that will follow. This is also where the challenge...

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Why I love creating engagement and wedding rings

I got in to making jewelry back in college when I took my first jewelry class at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. I began to realize that I loved making jewelry and over the years I’ve explored many processes and aesthetics as I began to discover my own...

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