For over 20 years, Meg has been designing and hand crafting sterling silver and karat gold jewelry. Using precious metals the striking gemstones that her husband, Randy, imports from Brazil, meg solders and casts the swirls of silver and gold into works of wearable art that reflect color and light.
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Designs come from my imagination which is fueled by contemporary and past artists of the world, and nature, the greatest artist of all. I admire the early creative expressions of jewelers, for the directness with which they used materials. I like to think of myself as a continuation of the art and craft of many ancestors. I’m certain they would have appreciated modern tools however. I can cut a stone very quickly compared to the laborious effort that was required of early stone cutters. I have a torch instead of fire and bellows. Modern saw blades are so tiny and strong they can cut through sheets of metal like butter. Hammers and anvils have probably not changed much. My anvil was made for me, by a friend, from a big piece of jade he found in the ocean in Northern California.
Currently working from her Auburn, California studio, Nancy Foster is a self- employed jeweler and jewelry arts instructor. With over 32 years of experience, Nancy’s custom gold designs as well as her encased pottery shard one of a kind pieces, will certainly catch your attention. Nancy believes that unique pieces of jewelry are catalysts for communication between individuals. Certainly Nancy’s pieces are accustomed to great dialogue. Nancy was a featured artist in the 1997 Designer Showcase and has won awards at the California State Fair.
Victor Gabriel creats traditional and contemporary jewelry in sterling silver and gold; incorporate turquoise, lapis, sugilite, opal, coral, and other stones.
I believe that jewelry is a way of wearing miniature sculpture, a portable and intimate art to be worn and constantly enjoyed. It is an art form that combines the unlimited nature of the future and the magical qualities of our oldest civilizations and will exist forever in one form or another. I love working with sterling silver, 18 kt gold, unusual gemstones and freshwater pearls. Because I am drawn to the Asian culture and architecture, I design simple shapes, similar to Asian characters, and accent them with my favorite gemstone, or freshwater pearls, which convey the qualities of silk and the ocean. For centuries it has been believed that pearls are the most feminine of all the gemstones and hold properties to calm the mind and balance the spirit. Wear them in good health and harmony.
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Christine has been making and selling mixed media jewelry and home decor celebrating women since 1991.
Ron Runtenelli, an award-winning jeweler, has been involved in all aspects of the jeweler's art for more than twenty years from repair work to custom design.
He started out as an apprentice for a silversmith in the Lake Tahoe area making turquoise and silver jewelry. He then studied with the Gemological Institute of America and the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts. He owned and operated his own custom jewelry store in the Berkeley area before relocating to El Dorado County.
Ron works in both silver and gold utilizing the techniques of hand fabrication, forging of metal, lost wax casting and wax design, as well as lapidary art. He is cutting a recently discovered, multi-colored stone called "Ocean Jasper", which only comes from one place in the world, Madagascar, which he sets into pendants, bracelets, and other jewelry items.
Besides doing jewelry, Ron is an avid nature photographer. Spending a lot of time out of doors, he draws his inspiration from the love and beauty of nature to create his jewelry designs.
Through the years, Ron has won numerous awards at art and craft shows such as the San Francisco Art Festival and other local and regional shows.
Most of Ron's recent designs are fabricated in sterling silver and sterling silver with 14kt. gold fill wire and sheet.
Other galleries include The Artery in Davis, CA, Blue Heron Gallery in Yountville, CA, Nevada Museum of Art in Reno, NV, The Real Mother Goose in Portland, OR, and the Crocker Art Museum gift store.
Thumbprints Art wear jewelry is made from polymer clay called Fimo. It is soft and malleable at room temperatures and is hardened and fused permanently with heat. Anita crafts the colorful creations by building designs from blending and layering to form a pattern or picture. Each piece, when cut from a larger roll, becomes a miniature masterpiece. One design can take over a week to prepare. Anita’s themes emerge out of her love for nature and spirit, humor and whimsy. Truly a wearable art piece of immense detail and design