Jennifer Dawes - Dawes Design

Jennifer Dawes - Dawes Design

"I love a lot of things, and one of them has always been metalsmithing. Ever since I first learned how to work with it, I knew that's what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I have experimented with just about every aspect of metal, from working in construction to goldsmithing, and the smaller the work got, the more intimate, refined, and rewarding it got."
Charlie Herner, Jeremy Dunn - The Rephinery

Charlie Herner, Jeremy Dunn - The Rephinery

Jewelry manufacturing is a hands-on process that holds immense appeal to us as craftsmen. The ability to develop and create new pieces each week keeps the tasks on hand feeling fresh and gives us valuable insight to the subtle nuances of the trade. Our craft grants us the personal gratification of increasing our skills and knowledge while keeping us thirsty for further discovery.
Julie Romanenko - Just Jules

Julie Romanenko - Just Jules

"I think the best part of being a bench jeweler is the ability to bring an idea to life. I feel so blessed to have found this career, where at the end of a productive day, I have something tangible to show for my efforts. It makes me feel sorry for the pencil pushers of the world!"

Blue Chalcedony Ring

This ring, designed and made by Rick Hamilton (follow on Instagram here), was created using several techniques. The gem was hand cut by Joe Jelks from blue chalcedony rough. The bezel was fabricated from 18k yellow gold flat wire stock. The ring shank was designed in ArtCAM, cut in wax on a milling machine, and then cast in 18k yellow gold.

Rick lives and works on Martha's Vineyard, after training and working at a Rhode Island jewelry factory, where he designed, made samples, and did white metal model-making. His work today is a mixture of custom jewelry, wholesale inventory, repairs, and model-making services for other designers and jewelers. He works in high karat gold, platinum, palladium, and a wide variety of gemstones. Rick's career is one example of a career path that can take a jeweler from corporate/factory jewelry making to independent jewelry design and  bench work.

But back to this amazing picture. So many steps go into making a beautiful piece of jewelry. This ring is a perfect example of the artisanship that goes into making something memorable and lasting.