Updated: Dec 29, 2019
I have always been a collector. I’ve been ring obsessed, from the early days in my grandmother’s and mother’s jewel boxes. My high school after-dark persona had an eight ring lineup which formed the beginning of a small collection. Over the years I’ve added antique pieces and rings which caught my fancy. Silver has always been a beacon for me.
When I had the opportunity to learn to make jewelry with precious metal clay, I jumped. From there I dabbled with silversmithing. I’ve evolved in my understanding of the craft, the process, and the selection of stones. I’ve gained an appreciation over time and the collection reflects that.
My taste is evolving.
I do have some gold in my collection but I prefer old gold and rose gold with history. Silver is my first love. I’m attracted to the earth. Gemstones and mined stones with silver are what draw me, and energize me.
What I love is supporting the metalsmithing artist community. I adore seeing new smiths create and explore their art—and find their voice through their hands. I am honored to wear every piece which I add to my collection. Honored by the hours of work, the energy that has flowed into the piece by the hands and minds which created it. I purchase pieces. I don’t ask for free what I know takes blood, sweat, and tears. Soul pieces are just that and I give them the respect they deserve. I won’t take pieces without paying for them because it’s part of the magic.
I truly believe my collection of #writingarmor powers my wordsmithing and I’m thankful for being able to share it with you. When I finish work, I often add a special piece to commemorate the book. Other times I'll seek out the right piece to capture an element of the story. All the rings have story of their own. But there are some custom pieces in my collection which have special meaning. Sign up for my quarterly newsletter and I'll tell you a ring story!
I have wide guidelines when I peruse possibilities of adding a piece to the collection. There are no hard and fast rules and the search list is ever-changing :) Discovering new artists and sharing their work hopefully shines some new light on both my path and theirs.
But alas, I cannot own every piece which catches my eye so hard decisions must be made!
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Things I love:
Art pieces which speak to me or tell a story
Clear faceted stones
Rose cut stones
Long face rings
Bands with details
Sterling or fine silver
One of a kind pieces
Smooth galleries or very fancy
Stones with a story
Things I don’t love as much:
All-silver rings without stones (exceptions made for design, texture, and keumboo)
Open back adjustable rings (wrap adjustable okay)
Plain thin bands (unless stackers)
Smooth cabochons (exceptions as per opaque)
Opaque stones - will make exceptions for certain jasper, geodes, agates with inclusions or dendrites or interesting strata and certain fossils.
Wide rings or landscape orientation rings - will make exceptions ;)
Copper and brass (accents okay)
Cast elements which are not made by the artist
Turquoise - I make exceptions for stunning stones or amazing settings
Theme shaped stones like coffin and skulls - again exceptions
Bright shiny silver
Mermaids, shells, and fish
Amber. I’m not sure why. I like the concept of amber.
Things I’m actively keeping an eye out for:
3 and 5 stone rings
Rings with stones which grab me
Tourmaline especially a large watermelon
SuperSeven - Cacoxenite
Dendritic opals (not white)
Dendrites (not b/w)
Breathtaking saw work
Herkimer - mild obsession