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Lesley Aine McKeown - Jewelry Gallery


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lesleyainemckeown.com
Prescott, AZ. USA

Born in Kansas City not long after both her parents graduated from KC Art Institute, Lesley was exposed to art and design at an early age. Her father created studio art jewelry during the modern jewelry art movement of the 1960’s and Lesley uses his jewelry bench today. Her mother is an nationally recognized sculptor. It was this nurturing environment that enabled her to recognize her intuitive abilities and eventually express those creative proclivities and develop the skills to be a successful professional artist. Acquiring basic metal smithing skills as an apprentice with a southwestern silversmith she became smitten with the silver and the sculptural possibilities of metal.

Though primarily self- taught, Lesley has attended several classes and acquired various techniques through private and master class instruction. Her techniques include fabrication, hollow form, shell form, anit-clastic and synclastic raising, mokume gane, keumboo, etching, roller printing, sand casting and a variety of texture and coloration techniques. An abiding interest in Geology is a the core of many of Lesley’s creations, the unique and unusual cabochons are a signature of her work.

Continually exploring new methods of manipulating metal, Lesley also works in steel and has been commissioned for several architectural projects. In her spare time she is an avid organic gardener, painter, environmental advocate and cook. She maintains a home and studio in the lovely high mountains of northern Arizona which she shares with her partner Steven and Samson (the Wonder Dachshund).

Materials: Brazilian Agate, Sterling Silver, 24kt Gold, Freshwater Pearl
Dimensions: 2.25" x 2.50"

Brazilian Druzy Agate set in hand fabricated prong setting. Patinated and accented with 24kt gold keumboo. Freshwater Pearl.

Photo credit: Lesley McKeown


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Australian Boulder Opal Pendant

Materials: Australian boulder opal, sterling silver, 24kt gold keumboo.
Dimensions: 2.25" x 2.75"

Hollowform sterling silver with 24kt gold keumboo and prong set Australian boulder opal.

Photo credit: Lesley McKeown


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Stargate

Materials: Concho Rose Druzy, sterling silver, 14kt gold, diamond
Dimensions: 3" x 3.25"

Concho Rose Druzy set in a hand fabricated sterling silver prong setting, patinated. Set in 14kt gold, .06 white diamond.

Photo credit: Lesley McKeown


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Australian Boulder Opal, Sterling Silver, 24kt gold Keumboo, Peridot.

Opal by Bill Kasso


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Australian Boulder Opal, Tuffa Cast Sterling Silver, 24kt gold keumboo.

Opal by Bill Kasso


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Bumble Bee Jasper Pendant

Materials: Bumble Bee Jasper, Sterling silver, 24kt gold keumboo, freshwater pearl.
Dimensions: 3.25" x 1.50"

Bumble Bee Jasper set in sterling silver hand fabricated prong setting with hollow form center piece set with freshwater pearl and accented with 24kt gold keumboo.

Jasper- Fumarole cave, Mount Papandayan, West Java ,Indonesia. By Bill Heher

Photo credit: Lesley McKeown


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Bumble Bee Jasper Pendant

Materials: Bumble Bee Jasper, Sterling silver, Fine silver casting, 24kt gold keumboo, Citrine.
Dimensions: 3" x1.25"

Bumble Bee Jasper set in sterling silver hand fabricated prong setting. Center piece, hollow form with fine silver casting accented with 24kt gold keumboo and 6mm citrine.

Jasper- Fumarole cave, Mount Papandayan, West Java ,Indonesia. By Bill Heher

Photo credit: Lesley McKeown


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Bumble Bee Jasper Earrings

Materials: Bumble Bee Jasper
Dimensions: 1.50" x 1"

Bumble Bee Jasper set in stelring silver with 24kt gold keumboo and citrine.

Jasper- Fumarole cave, Mount Papandayan, West Java ,Indonesia. By Bill Heher

Photo credit: Lesley McKeown


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Lilliputian Forest

Materials: Dendrite, Sterling silver, 24kt gold keumboo
Dimensions: 3" x 2.75"

Dendrite set in sterling silver prong setting with fused silver accent and 24kt gold keumboo.

Dendrite by Keith Horst
Photo credit: Lesley McKeown


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Kimono Moon

Materials: Mushroom Rhyolite, Sterling silver, 24kt gold keumboo
Dimensions: 3.25" x 2."

Mushroom Rhyolite set in hand fabricated sterling silver prong setting. 24kt gold keumboo accent.

Jasper- Bloody Basin, Arizona

Photo credit: Lesley McKeown


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Tundra Spring

Materials: Tibetan Turquoise, Fossilized Mastodon Ivory, Sterling silver
Dimensions: 3.25" x 2.25"

Tibetan turquoise set in hand fabricated sterling silver prong setting with fused silver accent. Fossilized mastodon ivory.

Photo credit: Lesley McKeown