Gemstones

Many Faces

As a gay, person of color, most of my life has been a game of translation. I looked at life (and myself) through the lens of others. In my most recent series of self-portraits, I seek to explore my identity…

Contact Cluster: a stack of five rings

Upon each of these rings balances a hollow-fabricated form, made by silver-soldering and gold-soldering up to 30 elements together, mastered from units originally fabricated in metal wire and granules. The completed forms are geodesic spheres, and abstracted extensions of them,…

Empress Art Box with Bracelet and Brooch

Such diverse themes as architecture, the Art Deco movement, Nature in her myriad forms , and flight are continually explored on the sketchbook page. Study models are developed , gemstones are selected, and after much thought and care, the final…

Ess Stitch Brooch

Growing up I heard stories about how my grandmother supported her son, my father, during the Second World War with her needlework. Crafts such as weaving, quilt making and sewing were often designated as “women’s work” leaving much nobler artistic…

Garden Reflections: Rain Forest

As a Metalsmith, my work deals with the passage of time. Using the imagery of transport, passage or renewal, it becomes a metaphor for navigating life. In this sculptural vessel, that journey is illuminated by sterling silver, pearls, nickel silver,…

Geo Dot Cigar Band Ring

I love that I can take my ideas and leverage the same CAD software used to design buildings, household products, landscapes and furniture to realize my jewelry designs. Or that I can start and finish a project on my bench…

In Simulacra 1, Edition 2

This brooch is a flexible chainmaille structure of hand carved mother of pearl and vintage cutlery handles. I was initially compelled by the visual qualities of mother of pearl; the smooth, lustrous nacre being evocative of the Art Deco period…

Earrings, Sorrel Van Allen; Pendant, Pamela Ritchie

Pendant Winner of the 2017 Governor General’s Saidye Bronfman Award, Pamela Ritchie’s work celebrates the concentrating effect of detail, and the paradox that an abundance of ideas, form, and pattern can be encapsulated in very small objects. She was strongly…

Mesquite Sterling Silver Cuff Bracelet

The Mesquite Cuff is made from thick sterling silver rectangular wire that has been cut to length and textured with a metal stamp. It was formed around a mandrel, then patinated to highlight the texturing details, then polished. As a…

XS011 with Removable Brooch

“I explore space, movement and surface by layering materials in intricate patterns. My mixed-media pieces are a marriage of image and object, adorning the wall and the body. Using traditional techniques in unexpected ways, I carve and drill through painted…

Dangle Earrings

Earrings crafted from recycled antique turquoise faceted beads. Capped with textured .925 silver disc beads suspended on .925 silver rolling mill tapered and forged ear wires.

FallLeaf

Sandra uses shell-forming, fold-forming, and raising techniques to create graceful forms that follow the patterns of nature. The tension between the stamina and fragility in nature inspires her work. The clean lines and rugged textures she creates reflect the endurance…

Dancefloor #11

There’s nothing like a dance floor, full of heat and steam, thumping with the energy of a bass beat. Darkness is cut by club lights; smoke blurs the edges; the gyration of the crowd is tribal. But lean in more…

Crete Rings

An ancient Crete inspired collection of colorful gemstone cabochon rings combined with 22 karat gold granulation and colored diamonds. Each ring has a unique granulated accent with a tiny matching or contrasting colored diamond. Granulation is a highly specialized decorative…

Charmed I’m Sure…and Other Things I’ve Lost Track Of

From the series “Of Rust and Roses”, “Charmed, I’m Sure . . . and Other Things I’ve Lost Track Of” is a sculptural charm garland that incorporates objects that physically and aesthetically represent Eastern North Carolina to me. It’s meant…

Turbulent Waters

Turbulent Waters is inspired by the fluid nature of strength. Strength is not a constant. In the hectic days that threaten to overwhelm, strength ebbs and flows, surging forth when needed, and receding like the tides back into the depths…

Nouveau Blossom

The more experience I have on this earth, the more I am aware of how we are all connected. We are connected through friends/acquaintance, our favorite places to visit, our families, our chosen families, our daily routines, but most importantly-…

Carbon Cycle Necklace

I am amazed by the complexity and beauty of the natural world. My on-going series of work is focused on the origins of life on earth, evolution and the carbon cycle. As a jeweler and metalsmith, I am fascinated with…

Bridal Collection

A lush experience of color and form, my jewelry mixes the beauty of exquisite, ethically sourced gems with a subtle and organic aesthetic that skates the line between precious and everyday. Each piece is made by hand from recycled precious…

Nothing but Happiness

For generations my family has practiced the Scottish tradition of First Footing. The first person to enter a home on New Year’s Day carries tokens of good fortune for the year to come. I remember my grandmother wrapping parcels containing…

starburst ring

Starburst ring is a form made to represent a landscape – the stars, ocean and land are represented. There is a burst of gold around one of the stars and a dark patina finish on the surface of the piece….

California Sea Otter

This California Sea Otter Pendant is made from glass enamel, fine silver and 24k gold. The setting consists of kelp motif hand car from sterling silver while the bail showcases a teal Sapphire in a 14k gold octopus setting. Born…

Pendent

Illene Klein is the jewelry designer and founder of Sophia Roc, a custom jewelry brand based in New York City. Her connection with nature and insatiable creativity are the driving cause behind her designs. Klein was never one to bow…

Sterling Silver Forged Drop Necklace

Sterling Silver Forged Drop Necklace With Carved Ellipse Beads Garnet, Citrine, CZ Wendy Tonsits Jewelry is a synthesis of bold lines and striking relationships of form and colored gemstones. Creative influences can be found in the sculptural forms and colors…

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