In the final running for the Saul Bell Jewelry Design Award!
The phone rang, and when I saw the 505 area code on the screen, I was very hopeful. Then the caller identified herself as being with Rio Grande, and a few seconds later I got the news I had been hoping for.
I made it into the final round! … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!
This is a simple design, and as in all simple designs, it’s all in the details. The client had 3 diamonds to use in a ring, which is simple if they are all the same size, or if one is larger and two the same smaller size. All different sizes, and its a bit more difficult.
She wanted the diamonds … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!
Mixing the hard geometric edge of Art Deco with the curves of Art Noveau is something that has always fascinated me. These Chandelier style earrings, are a perfect design for exploration. They started out as the geometric lines, and as I worked on them, I could not resist tweaking the lines for more curvature. They demanded the patience of working … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!
Your eye is pulled to the balance and contrasts of this design…
The balance of the high polished white gold, laying over the tightly textured yellow gold. The contrast between the bright reflection of the yellow gold, and the flashes of light reflecting from the diamonds. The balance of the solid areas and the open voids, as one piece seems … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!
These cufflinks are a perfect match for the cross ring… the rise of the center strand is in perfect proportion to the lower strands bordering it, weaving in and out. The subtle interwoven cross design both catches the light, and has a distinguished and refined look, perfect to wear everyday, or for that special occasion. They make a great gift.… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!
The post on MJSA’s Linked in forum last August about purple gold piqued my curiosity. I have seen photos of a couple pieces of purple gold pieces over the years so it has been done; and yet for the most part this is the stuff of legends…
Phillip Hall, veteran tank recovery specialist in WWII, shares details about them at the WWII Museum.
When the long awaited World War ll Museum opened in New Orleans last winter, my nephews Ben and Billy got to visit it with their Grandfather (my Dad), a WWll Veteran.
Here is Ben’s story of their visit…
Going to the WW II Museum … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!
My blog topics were all in the “waiting for more info” folder… not yet ready for “prime time” so to speak.
As I searched my mind in vain for a topic, I made myself just start writing. Sounds easy, and as someone who prefers to know all the answers beforehand, it is difficult to just start.
As the words fell … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!
I dropped my entry off at the local FedEx office two days shy of the deadline for the Dubai Jewellery Design Competition. This was a competition I decided to enter on the spot, when I discovered it on Google. I have always envisioned Dubai as a spectacular “larger than life” city, and the challenge was to create a trio of … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!
Not much rivals the beauty of a warm October day in the middle of Kentucky horse country. The last rich greens of the season, contrasting with the miles of painted fences, the stone walls lining the country lanes, the horses content in their fields.
As I twisted the gold strands of my necklace design over and through themselves into a flowing design, it became clear that the engineering of this piece was key, and it would be a challenge. I wanted to give the experience of pure pleasure for both the wearer and the beholder. I remembered a story I read about Harry Winston … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!
As always, there was feeling of elation as the final parts of the pearl design project came together. That final rendering, seeing how all those different elements play off each other- was it as I visualized it, better, or less? It is always a kind of a sacred time in the creation process.
And it is always followed by a … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!
“Surrender”, AnnieK Jewelry Enters Pearl Design Competition
How long does it take to create something… as long as you’ve got.
The deadline was Tuesday at 5pm. I’d been working on the design for a month, and damn the computer was agonizingly slow at rendering my final rendition.
It was now 3:10, I wanted to do one more angle of the … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!
He remembered working with Annie over the years, so once again he turned toher to help him make this necklace a reality.
He envisioned the necklace laying on his wife’s … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!
MJSA Vision Award to Annie K Jewelry, 1st place “Custom Design Distinction”
MJSA awards Annie K Jewelry 1st place “Custom Design Distinction” for 2013 Vision Award. MJSA stands for Manufacturing Jewelers and Silversmiths of America, and the Vision Awards showcase outstanding design, for innovative finely crafted jewelry. The winning entry embodies the client’s wishes and desires, with custom jewelry that … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!
July’s Blue Ribbon issue of Today’s Woman magazine is just out on the newsstands this weekend…
Thanks for including me in your “Old School, New School” column, and sharing the news about the MJSA Vision Award I received for Custom Jewelry Design earlier this year. It means a lot to me to be featured among so many talented and accomplished … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!
Clare is one of those women who definitely knows her own style. She came to me a number of years ago, wanting a stacked wedding ring set- each a little different, set with her diamonds. It didn’t take long for the design to evolve into the set of three rings you see here, and she’s still loving them.
For a … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!
This tanzanite was an anniversary gift. It was a gorgeous stone, purchased by him- as a surprise for her- on a trip they took together.
She wanted a modern design with clean lines with design detail to it. She wanted to wear the ring a lot, and Tanzanites are fragile. The setting needed to protect the stone and also let … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!
KISS… Many times keeping it simple can be the hardest thing to do. And it give you the best results.
Dorothy wanted to set off her grandmother’s diamond with an organic flowing shape, and keep it simple. As we looked at shapes together, I got a feel for what she liked best. She wanted the diamond bezel set with no … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!
The tire tread “Defined, and Refined” was the challenge with this ring design.
Tire treads have such great patterns, and they can end up wasted as just a surface pattern on a ring. I wanted the ring to BE the tire tread. By the way it was designed, I wanted to give it some life, some style- the feel of … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!
Things have a way of coming around full circle.
30 years ago I made a interwoven style cross for Doug’s Dad, using the gold from family rings too worn to wear. Doug’s Dad wore the cross all the time, never taking it off. When his father passed away, Doug continued the family tradition, wearing the cross all the time.
When … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!
Sometimes the class rings available just won’t do- they can be pretty bulky and impersonal.
Danny wanted his ring to be comfortable to wear, and to have UK, 2013, business and his name on the sides. The top stone of course would be Wildcat blue, and he likes faceted stones better than the smooth cabochon cut, so we decided on … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!
I was honored when my Windmill Bank was selected to be a part of the “200 years of Kentucky Craft: A Bicentennial Celebration” show, representing the best of Kentucky from the late 1700′s to present.
I always loved the book Don Quixote, and the windmill is my take on Don Quixote meets the Mechanical Banks of years past. You put … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!
The challenge for this design was combining the Art Noveau look of yesterday with the Halo Ring of today.
The loop part of the design started as two strands. As I worked the design, they merged into a continuous loop. To me, it represents the curving road of the journey two people take together- all the twists and turns, and … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!
A fabulous trip to Hawaii a few years ago deserved a great thank you to our host. I celebrated the trip by creating these sterling “Surfer” silver salt and pepper shakers. They are hand shaped and fabricated waves, with tiny surfers. If you look closely you can see the small holes where the salt and pepper comes out.… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!
This brooch was created from a ancient Japanese wax technique, called Mitsuro. The wax pulls like taffy, and you have to act fast to control it. I love the textures it creates and the way it can be worked.… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!
I made this design as a regular band a number of years ago for my client. Its a great classic design, that translated well into a hinged band when needed. The ring snaps open and securely closed. A hinged ring can be a great solution when times knuckles become enlarged with arthritis or age.
This client had a snake ring that used to belong to her mother. After losing it, she decided to honor her mothers memory with an updated snake design. We went through several design renditions texture variations, and settled on this winning combination.
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These earrings were created from a ancient Japanese wax technique, called Mitsuro. You can pull this wax almost like taffy, to create the wonderful textures. The trick is getting them to do what you want them to!… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!
I like to play with geometric and curved shapes juxtaposed, and in these earrings I added open and closed areas to the mix also. The timeless elegance that the pearls bring to the earrings is the perfect finish.… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!
Sally had came to me with a small square shaped pair of earrings that were her favorites, and some jewelry she didn’t wear anymore. She wanted some similar earrings, a little larger, that could be set with her diamonds. We looked at some different ideas, and settled on the size of the earrings and the layout of the diamonds so … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!
Mike’s a car guy, and wanted a car guy ring. We looked at the different possibilities. When he saw my Hex Wrench ring, he knew that was it.
He had plenty of gold and diamonds to use, so I customized the design to take his diamonds. As we finalized the design, I couldn’t resist adding his name to the wrench- … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!
A Christmas Story… S. came to me with a set of beautiful Tsavorite from a recent trip to Africa. Tsavorites are green colored garnets, and these are exceptional stones! He wanted Tsavorite and Pearl drop style earrings for his love for Christmas.
He wanted a vintage flair, and we looked at photos together to capture the style that he envisioned. … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!
Story: A Birthday Ring… D. wanted to surprise his wife with a special ring for her birthday. Where to start? We started with the gemstone. He knew the exact color he wanted- his wife is a big University of Kentucky supporter, and UK’s color is Wildcat Blue. I took the color swatch to a gem show with me so I … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!