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I love hammering gold, silver, copper, brass, and bronze into amazing textured custom rings, custom wedding rings, engagement rings, and other unique artisan jewelry.  I have an extensive selection of men's and women's rings, along with gemstone and pearl jewelry in my SilverSmack shop on Etsy.  Please stop in and take a look.

A Poem I wrote

Beyond Semi-precious

Lapidolite, Dumorterite, Iolite

even the sedimentary syllables shine


nutured by nature

colored by the earth

flecked
mottled
dappled

fossilized blooms

petrified sunsets

envelop me

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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Superior Stones

Lake Superior is the greatest of the great lakes, so when it came to naming my shop featuring beach stones and beach glass, SuperiorStones was the obvious choice. The lake affects my life in so many ways- the weather being the most prominent. The "lake effect" snow is what gives "Big Snow Country" its name, so I decided to celebrate the lake and all its power and beauty.
Brown Beach Stone Emerald Cluster Pendant Knotty Necklace by SuperiorStones
I love contrasting textures, so I enjoy pairing a dainty, classy stone or pearl with the more rustic, rugged beach stone. I often use pearls, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, tanzanite, diamonds, and other more precious gemstones as accents because I just love the contrast.

Slate Gray Beach Stone Pearl Knotted Pendant Necklace by SuperiorStones

Slate Gray Peacock Pearl Beach Stone Necklace by SuperiorStones

Brown Beach Glass Chrome Diopside Necklace by SuperiorStones
Beach glass is getting harder and harder to find because the ships don't dump their garbage in the Great Lakes any more (thank goodness) and people aren't littering as much as glass any more (also good.)

Gray Beach Stone Pearl Knotted Cluster Pendant Necklace by SuperiorStones

Moss Green Brown Braided Leaf Necklace by SuperiorStones
I also have a selection of carved bone and horn, and other organic, earthy looking pendants.

Black Cream Carved Bone Cross Necklace by SuperiorStones
And my shop just would be complete if I didn't have something for the men.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Talking Smack with SilverSmack

SilverSmack was named thus because I love(Smack=kiss) working with silver and I love smacking it with my hammer and seeing what kind of cool texture I can come up with.
Hammered Wide Silver Distressed Squares Antiqued Ring Band by SilverSmack
I also love the contrasting look that mixing metals can give to a piece of jewelry.


Copper Hammered Spinner Silver Oxidized Wide Ring by SilverSmack
I also love making stacking rings - the more the merrier!

Silver Super Stack Rings Hammered Multi-Colored Eternity by SilverSmack
And I put my heart and soul into making custom wedding rings and wedding ring sets for very many special people.

Mens & Womens Hammered Oxidized Distress Silver Ring Set by SilverSmack
I also really love working with different quality gemstones and bringing together beautiful color combinations.

Moss Aquamarine Lemon Topaz Labradorite Front Toggle Necklace by SilverSmack
Living in the great Northwoods, I get a lot of my inspiration from nature.

Copper Fern Leaf Rustic Earrings by SilverSmack