Barbara and Rick Umbel
e create one of a kind jewelry out of natural sea shells, gemstones
The work is forged and fabricated out of 14 karat gold and sterling
silver. Forging is the process of sculpting round wires with a
hammer and anvil into distinctive forms. Once the wires are sculpted
the fabrication of the piece begins- the parts are soldered together
with a torch to build the settings for the stones and shells. Often
a design is not planned, but seems to “grow” as it is being built.
This lends a spontaneous, fluid quality to many of their designs.
Their work echoes the movements of these and the creatures that
inhabit it. The designs themselves are all derived from the color
and the geometry of the shells.
Passion is contagious! Show us your passion, Show us your work!
Submit your work to feature in the Orchid Online Jewelry Exhibition