Mineral Jewelry Archive

“Gems, in fact, are a species of mineral flowers. They are the blossoms of the dark, hard mine, and what they lack in perfume, they make up in durability.” 
Hariet Beecher-Stowe

This is a small archived grouping of work I did between 2007 and 2012 with various fossils, minerals, and gemstones. As with my Fordite collection, I had a lot of fun making these pieces.

From the myriad of mind-blowing colors and patterns to the fascinating chemical compositions and crystalline structures, I remain awestruck by the natural beauty that surrounds us on this amazing planet we take for granted. And when I think about all of the science that makes these gifts possible, the geek and trained physicist in me becomes a bit overwhelmed. Because, science.

I mean—take Mexican rainbow obsidian, for example. How can you not LOVE that subtle-but-intense iridescent flash of color—along with the knowledge that it is a very specific type of ancient volcanic lava glass?

Although this is an archive, and although I work with a different focal material now, I’m not done playing around with fossils, minerals, and gemstones. (I thought I was, but I keep getting sucked back in, because, Planet Earth.) I am EXCITED about a few of the pieces I’m working on that feature some truly awe-inspiring minerals. To see my new work, subscribe to the Studio Newsletter to be the first to know when these pieces become available.

Below is a small sampling of some of my old mineral jewelry designs. As I find and process more images, I will post them here, so check back occasionally.

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