A confession

Brooches, Jewelry, Jewelry making

I have a confession: I rarely think about brooches. Until very recently, that is, when a very sweet neighbor down the road from my farm ordered a few pieces of jewelry for the women in his life. One of these is his mother. He said she has all kinds of stuff and asked my advice on what might be meaningful to her.

My immediate response was that anything coming from her son is bound to mean a lot, whether it’s something she would choose for herself or not. We discussed some options, then the idea of a brooch struck me. It’s relatively safe, versatile, and can take many shapes and forms. He liked the idea, so I got going and made a few options for him to look at. First, a simple forged squiggle in sterling. Small, innocuous, sweet and fun. The second is a similar squiggle forged in sterling, but I added a tube-set faceted Oregon sunstone, for a subtle bit of sparkle.

We’ll let him decide if his mum is the sparkly type or more minimalist.

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Here they the two brooches:

Sterling squiggle brooch

Sterling squiggle brooch


Sterling squiggle brooch with Oregon sunstone



Links or paperclips?

Jewelry, Necklaces

That is the question, apparently. I’ve made a few of these sterling silver chokers now, forming each link by hand, soldering each one closed, finishing, adding a hand-forged hook clasp and polishing. The thing is, these links are very reminiscent of paperclips. Which is OK, because they also make a really nice necklace! I also wear mine doubled up as a nice, jangly bracelet. So….links or paperclips? You be the judge!