Kate Ellen, owner and curator of Crown Nine in Oakland, CA, believes that an appreciation for handmade goods is forged when consumers can meet the people behind the products. This connection is deepened when they see how their favorite things are made. So naturally, catching the artist in their studio is the most insightful place to look. From sketches, to tools, to the very surfaces they work on, a peek behind the curtain shows us not only their expertise but the muse for each covetable item.
Kate is such a strong believer that she has set out to bring this story to you. Each of Crown Nine’s artists have created a limited edition of exclusive jewelry for the shop known as A Rarity. As these designs were underway, she ventured into the shops each jeweler to give you a glimpse into who we are and what we do. Each month a new exclusive design is released paired with an interview with Kate and a visual studio visit by photographer Eva Kolenko (whose handiwork you’re seeing below)
The result is truly something special.
Catch my Rarity AVAILABLE NOW at Crown Nine’s website along with a stellar interview and photo tour of myself in action.
For more on the Aspen Bounty Earrings created for this project, check out this blog post!
Like what you see? Hop on over to Eva Kolenko’s site for more photo magic.
As if being a bride-to-be isn’t exciting enough, 7×7 spoiled me by featuring my fragment studs in this feature on Bridesmaid gifts! Click below to see the full feature on gifts for your special gals.
Here’s a look back at a pendant I created for a client over the holidays. This project turned out to be a great example of how custom designs come to life.
- Every piece of jewelry begins with a detailed sketch. This stage allows me and my clients to flesh out their design ideas and arrive at an aesthetic we’re both proud of.
- The design is then translated to a hand carved wax model. This model not only serves as a 3d rendering illustrating shape and size, it goes on to become the actual piece of jewelry. Minor adjustments or additions are most easily done at this stage.
- The piece is cast in your metal of choice. I frequently work in sterling silver, gold (14k & 18k yellow, white or rose) and palladium. Once cast the surface is finished through a series of filing, sanding, and polishing. Any hand fabricated elements are added at this stage. In the case of this pendant, we added bezels for gemstones.
- Any gemstones are set last. Final surface oxidation or polishing is applied, and the piece is ready for wear!
You can catch me this month at the first ever Unique SF, vending alongside my comrade Jenny Windler. Entry is $10 and good for unlimited re-entry the full weekend. Don’t miss the list of to die-for-perks (including free libations, DIY workshops & limited edition tote bags) here. Bring some friends! It’s gonna be a blast!
My biggest thanks to Refinery29, Joanna Riedl, and Gallery of Jewels San Francisco for including me in this fantastic roundup of Bay Area Jewelers! You can view the full article here.
You can find my Fragment Rings in the March Issue of Where: San Francisco!
Spotted this week on Parisian fashion blog Rien À Porter! Inspiration for those days when you have nothing to wear!