The inspirations for my one-of-a-kind jewelry are gold and gemstones of
every imaginable kind. As I design, I am always looking for creative ways to
frame, embellish, compliment and/or contrast with a stone or interesting
combination of stones.
Most recently, I have been developing a series using textured, sculptural
gold achieved via an old technique called broom-casting: I pour molten gold
over the soaking wet, upturned bristles of a straw broom. The results vary
greatly, but generally echo the dripping, columnar shapes of stalactites.
While some of these one-of-a-kind castings are usable in their "raw" state,
most are modified, refined and combined until they suit the concept of each
I have always worked with colorful gemstones and precious metals, but the
introduction of broom-cast components has taken my work to a new level where
stone and metal have become equal partners in my designs. I look forward to
further explorations of the myriad possibilities inherent in these
techniques and concepts.
"Green Circle Pin" 14 & 22K gold with emeralds, smithsonite and