Looking for a unique and thoughtful gift idea? Look no further than a beautiful piece of handmade artisan jewelry from In The Pines! Each of my pieces is handcrafted in my home studio and inspired by the beauty of nature and the elemental hold it has on our lives. Made with natural materials like beautiful gemstones, turquoise, and high quality sterling silver, each piece is carefully handcrafted to heirloom quality.
Once I’ve chosen materials, designed and built a piece, you would think my job is complete, but even though the piece is finished, there are still quite a few steps before it can be shipped. When a piece is completed...
My starting point is to make a bezel for the stone out of fine silver. In a jeweler’s vocabulary, a bezel is the ring around a stone that holds it in place. To fashion the bezel, I use varying heights of silver strips (depending on the height of the stone) to pull around the stone, ensuring a perfect fit. Once I’ve pulled the strip flush around the stone, I mark where I need to cut the strip so both ends line up. Then once the cut is made, I file the ends to be perfectly straight and flat and solder them together.
If you know even a little bit about me, you’ll know that I find my biggest sources of inspiration in nature, and some of my very first pieces were inspired by pine trees, hence my business name, In the Pines. Inspiration comes to me from a variety of sources—time spent in nature, memories from trips like our time spent in Idaho at Christmas, or when we lived in Japan, or even from beautiful photographs and poems about the beauty of the earth.
I've decided to write a series to share my process with you from start to finish. Part one of the series is about sourcing the perfect stones and creating designs that are complementary to the stones I have chosen.
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