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THE COMPLETION of SURRENDER: Part Five: The Award Ceremony

THE COMPLETION of SURRENDER:  Part Five: The Award Ceremony

PART FIVE: SURRENDER RECEIVES SAUL BELL DESIGN AWARD

Walking into the ballroom for the Saul Bell Award banquet, my eye was immediately drawn to the crowd gathered around the showcase. I walked over to see the other winning pieces, and a smile spread across my face as I got a chance to examine them all.  This is one group which … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


THE COMPLETION of SURRENDER: Part Four

THE COMPLETION of SURRENDER:  Part Four

PART FOUR: THE LESSONS OF SURRENDER

Whew…that was intense, my biggest challenge to date, with the complexity of the piece and pieces, and then the mental game as well.  Looking back, what did I do right and what I would do differently next time?

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TIME:
I assigned false deadlines to allow what I thought was plenty of extra time.
Better … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


THE COMPLETION of SURRENDER: Part Three

THE COMPLETION of SURRENDER:  Part Three

Part Three:  Final Steps

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Journal Entry Winter 2014
I go to the shop early this morning to do my best work, to finish this necklace called Surrender, that has brought me to my knees.  As this is magic, white light or whatever you want to call it, it is a spiritual quest of sorts, so just go there and CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


THE COMPLETION of SURRENDER: Part Two

THE COMPLETION of SURRENDER:  Part Two

PART TWO: ASSEMBLY

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Journal Entry Winter 2014
“I have worked for 5 months, no 6 months on this piece from inception…  and now it is getting life breathed into it.  After seeing it on the computer and in my mind for so long, I get to see that actual necklace.”

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“I have one more mold to cut. Cast four more CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


THE COMPLETION of SURRENDER: Part One

THE COMPLETION of SURRENDER:  Part One

PART ONE: THE FINAL INSPIRATION IS WHERE YOU FIND IT

I think when you’re working on a big project like this, you hear what you need to a different points in time.

This afternoon on NPR they were interviewing the founder of Dyson vacuums. He said a lot of interesting things about design and approaches to design, and combining them … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


WALKING THROUGH the CHALLENGES of SURRENDER: Part Five

WALKING THROUGH the CHALLENGES of SURRENDER: Part Five

PART FIVE: BI-METAL CASTING THE YELLOW GOLD

For the yellow gold castings, each night I pushed hard to get the pieces invested and into the kiln.

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It took time to prep the castings, and only 4 flasks per night would fit the kiln.  The necklace could only move forward as quickly as it could be cast.

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Here are the … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


WALKING THROUGH the CHALLENGES of SURRENDER: Part Four

WALKING THROUGH the CHALLENGES of SURRENDER:  Part Four

PART FOUR: BI-METAL CASTING THE WHITE GOLD

The more I thought about the high polished white gold pieces fitting right up next to the textured yellow gold pieces, the more I was convinced that bi-metal casting was clearly the best way to go. I am so glad I did bi-metal castings 15 years ago in a workshop on gold alloys … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


WALKING THROUGH the CHALLENGES of SURRENDER: Part Three

WALKING THROUGH the CHALLENGES of SURRENDER: Part Three

PART THREE: 25 MOLDS AND 57 WAXES TO CAST

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Journal Entry Winter 2014
In the morning, “Today is a big day because I get back what I hope will be the final link cad for 2 links, actually ready to make the links from.  All other links are scaled off of these, and the yellow gold links will be in
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WALKING THROUGH the CHALLENGES of SURRENDER: Part Two

WALKING THROUGH the CHALLENGES of SURRENDER: Part Two

PART TWO: THE PEARLS

As I checked the pearl fit on the original test printed pieces, I discovered that the lower bottom lip cupped around the pearl too much, for the pearl to “slip” in and out.

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I had to adjust the bottom lip, rolling it outward, for the pearl to fit properly.  Fit, size, post placement, sliding in and … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


WALKING THROUGH the CHALLENGES of SURRENDER: Part One

WALKING THROUGH the CHALLENGES of SURRENDER: Part One

PART ONE: CAD TRIALS FOR FIT AND TEXTURE

It was a relief to receive the first “test” print of the links.  From the computer screen I just could not get an accurate feel for the fit and the texture of the pieces.  With the fit and texture were both critical, the pieces needed to be tweaked and reprinted a few … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


SURRENDER is SAUL BELL FINALIST: Part Four

SURRENDER is SAUL BELL FINALIST: Part Four

Part Four: Challenges foreseen
There is an old saying- “Some days you get the bear and some days the bear gets you”

As I contemplated building this piece I will admit there was some fear, both real and imagined. There were physical limitations time wise with printing, molds cure time, cast time, etc. that all had to be carefully put … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


SURRENDER is SAUL BELL FINALIST: Part Three

SURRENDER is SAUL BELL FINALIST: Part Three

PART THREE: THE ZEN OF THE BENCH VS THE ZEN OF CAD       ;.

I allow myself to slip into that familiar “zone” while working- a relaxed alertness, with all in place, and it all just flows, with each step receiving my full attention, and leading to the next step.  This comes with many years of practice…  is it work at … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


SURRENDER is SAUL BELL FINALIST: Part Two

SURRENDER is SAUL BELL FINALIST: Part Two

PART TWO: THE DISCIPLINE OF THE PLAN AND MINDSET

 85 days to deadline, but who’s counting???!!

As I thought about working on larger pieces in the past, and what has worked best for me, I decided to use three tools to organize the build of this piece, and committed to the daily discipline of using them.
These three tools are … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


SURRENDER is SAUL BELL FINALIST: Part One

SURRENDER is SAUL BELL FINALIST: Part One

PART ONE: SUBMIT SURRENDER TO THE COMPETITION 

I thought I was almost done, render the piece and off it goes, right??  Well, not quite.  The size of the file and with the textured links was close to 500,000-  just try waiting many, many hours for that to render with time getting short!

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So I learned to reduce the size of … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


The Design of Surrender: part five

The Design of Surrender: part five

PART FIVE: CENTER PIECE DEVELOPMENT 

The half shell of the oyster surrendering the pearl, that is the concept behind the center piece.

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It is at this point that the design evolved from the combined mirror image of the side links, to a half shell in its own right.

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It was extremely challenging to manipulate the surface in Rhino to get … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


THE DESIGN of SURRENDER: part four

THE DESIGN of SURRENDER: part four

PART FOUR: SIDE LINK DEVELOPMENT

To follow the story of Surrender, I knew I wanted to evoke a feel of the sea, the shell form opening and releasing the pearl in the center.

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I began with the questions of the linkage:
How would these fluid shapes connect, and keep an unbroken rhythm?
Where exactly was the best placement for the … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


THE DESIGN of SURRENDER: part three

THE DESIGN of SURRENDER: part three

PART THREE: CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT

It was the afternoon of July 3, and we were going out of town for the 4th; and with my work complete I could kick back for the rest of the afternoon. Since I had a few hours and I decided to work on a new design. I had been thinking about entering … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


THE DESIGN of SURRENDER: part two

THE DESIGN of SURRENDER: part two

PART TWO: MY WAY OF DESIGN 

My Initial Journey to Design
Have you ever felt drawn to something so strongly that your soul aches for it, as if there were a piece missing?

I grew up the middle child in a family that moved way too many times (a corporate brat as opposed to an army brat) and in trying … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


THE DESIGN of SURRENDER: part one

THE DESIGN of SURRENDER: part one

PART ONE: SAUL BELL CHALLENGE ACCEPTED

I had no idea what was in store for me as I contemplated the Saul Bell Challenge last summer…
I just knew it was time for me to create a piece that pushed me to those foreign places far beyond my comfort zone. This seemed like the perfect opportunity.

As I thought back to … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


Twisted Earrings

Twisted Earrings

TWISTED EARRINGS

These are my “go to everyday” earrings, my favorites.  Its difficult to tell from the photo- the twisted gold is suspended off the tube, and it all rotates around the chain.  This gives them a constantly changing look as they as worn.  When ever  I wear these earrings, I always, always get the comment- “I love your earrings”!… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


Wisps Pearl Earrings

Wisps Pearl Earrings

WISPS PEARL EARRINGS, 18K WHITE AND YELLOW GOLD, PEARLS

A wisp of white gold, and a wisp or two of yellow gold…  pulled and sculpted into an elegant design reminiscent of the tendrils of a vine, with a pearl “bud”.… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


Swirled Around Earrings

Swirled Around Earrings

SWIRLED AROUND EARRINGS

These earrings add a bit of drama to your look….   With the sinuous textured surfaces contrasting the smooth polished reflections of the edges; and all doing a body wrap around the core chain.… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


Flight Earrings, 18K gold and Diamonds

Flight Earrings, 18K gold and Diamonds

FLIGHT EARRINGS, 18K GOLD AND DIAMONDS

Someone once referred to this design as reminiscent of angel’s wings.  There is the yellow gold textured core,  and the fluid white gold sculpted wires offering up their gems as a gift to Beyond.… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


Unbroken Circles Pendant

Unbroken Circles Pendant

UNBROKEN CIRCLES PENDANT

The phrase “May the Circle be Unbroken” takes on a new meaning with this design…

The unbroken rich yellow gold textured circle is at the core of this design.  The yellow gold is encircled by sculpted strands of white gold, completing the connections between the larger central gem and its smaller surrounding gems.

The yellow gold and … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


Unbroken Circles Earrings, drop

Unbroken Circles Earrings, drop

UNBROKEN CIRCLES EARRING, DROP STYLE

The phrase “May the Circle be Unbroken” takes on a new meaning with this design…

The unbroken rich yellow gold textured circle is at the core of this design.  The yellow gold is encircled by sculpted strands of white gold, completing the connections between the larger central gem and its smaller surrounding gems.

The yellow … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


Unbroken Circles Earrings

Unbroken Circles Earrings

UNBROKEN CIRCLES EARRING

The phrase “May the Circle be Unbroken” takes on a new meaning with this design…

The unbroken rich yellow gold textured circle is at the core of this design.  The yellow gold is encircled by sculpted strands of white gold, completing the connections between the larger central gem and its smaller surrounding gems.

The yellow gold and … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


Diamond Circles Earrings, drop

Diamond Circles Earrings, drop

DIAMOND CIRCLES EARRINGS, drop

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, … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!

Posted on May 4th, by anniek in Earrings and more, News.

Diamond Circles Earrings

Diamond Circles Earrings

DIAMOND CIRCLES EARRINGS

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 … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


Piston Bracelet

Piston Bracelet

PISTON BRACELET

Pistons meet Annie K, for the ultimate “CAR GUY” bracelet.

To answer the first question, yes the rod and cap “move”, they are separate pieces, assembled.  This bracelet remains true to the core design of the piston, while adding a few refinements. The diamond shapes in the recessed areas of the rod.   And the rods are slightly bent  … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


Mercury God Heads, left and right facing

Mercury God Heads, left and right facing

MERCURY GOD HEADS, Left and Right facing

The dilemma here was that the mercury head always faces to the left, and my client needed a matched pair that faced left and right.  They were to grace the front fender of a high end, highly customized show car (a 1951 Mercury), and both needed to face towards the front of the … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


Penguins Cufflinks and Charms

Penguins Cufflinks and Charms

PENGUINS CUFFLINKS AND CHARM

Penguins logo

These penguins are a familiar site in several cities, as the mascot for the 21C Museum Hotel chain.  The challenge was to keep the same shape and proportions, and replicate the penguin in the size of cufflinks and a charm.

My studio companion for this project was one of the big red penguins, keeping an eye … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


Replica Medallion

Replica Medallion

REPLICA MEDALLION

The client for this medallion was restoring a World War Two era Jeep, and wanted a medal for it that was similar to the Navy’s Medal of Honor.

medallion handcarved

Working from photographs, I chose to use a combination of CAD and hand-carving for its creation.  The stars portion was created on the computer, with the central core carved by … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


The Hamm’s Beer Bear

The Hamm’s Beer Bear

THE HAMM’S BEER BEAR

Sometimes a logo or figure just brings a smile to your face, and the Hamm’s Beer Bear falls into that category.  It is a familiar icon from the past, and it was a real pleasure to bring it to life as a three dimensional piece.

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The artwork I was given to start with was this pin … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


Boyd Coddington Signature Ring

Boyd Coddington Signature Ring

BOYD CODDINGTON SIGNATURE RING

It was when I saw the elegant sculpted shapes of Boyd’s iconic hot rods, that I first fell in love with cars. So it was a real honor to work with him, translating his signature into this custom gold ring for him,

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and creating  the signature logo emblems that he used to “sign” his cars.… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


Wheel Cap for Restoration of First Duesenberg Ever Built

Wheel Cap for Restoration of First Duesenberg Ever Built

WHEEL CAP 
for RESTORATION OF FIRST DUESENBERG EVER BUILT

When the restoration team could not find original wheel caps for the first Duesenberg ever built, they gave me a call. All I had to work with was this beat up original, on the right.

It had to be recreated from scratch…   from each individual feather on the bird, to the … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


Cross Pendant, White and Yellow Gold

Cross Pendant, White and Yellow Gold

CROSS PENDANT, WHITE AND YELLOW GOLD

Simple and subtle are the underlying themes of this cross design.  The juxtaposition of the high polished white gold against the lightly textured yellow gold highlights its sweeping sculpted curves.

And there is a secret diamond set in the center of the backside of the cross, the fire of which is just for the … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


Sally M. says…

I’ve worn the earrings and really love them.  Thank you for creating them from the ideas we discussed, with stones from unused jewelry.  I really enjoyed working with you.… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!

Rita S. says…

We just wanted to personally thank you for the beautiful ZR1 earrings and pendant.  They arrived early today !!!  We are so pleased with the result and so much more than we expected!  My husband thought of putting the ZR1 in the circle and the finished result is awesome!

We want to extend to you a wonderful holiday and thank … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!

Lou B. says…

I’m speechless, no words in the dictionary that can express my happiness, great job.  I will totally recommend your work to all my clients.   I’m speechless.… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!

Mike H. says…

Just wanted to let you know my wife was ecstatic when she opened her Christmas gift.  Your attention to detail on the charms is incredible and indicative you are a true Artist!  Not only will they be enjoyed for years to come, but a reminder she has the only ones.  For one of a kind Jewelry that can’t be found … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!

Stephen says…

She loved her necklace…  It was worth everything to see the look on her face.… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!

Brenda L. says…

I want to thank you for creating the beautiful ring that D. gave me for my birthday. It is a treasure- you are so talented and creative. And yes, I was very surprised to receive such a special gift!… CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!

Scott M. says…

Andrea I want you to know that we are blown away by the Emblem you sent us. We really liked what we saw in the pics, the design process and the proofs where awesome, but this emblem you sent us is off the chain.  The pics just didn’t do it justice. I want to personally thank you for all you’ve … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!

Lou S. says…

I can not fully express how happy I am with the emblems you created for my 1950 Mercury.
You are truly a gifted and extremely talented artist and craftsperson. It is such a joy to find someone as yourself who can take what I have in my minds eye and make it a reality. This project has been ongoing for … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!

“Surrender” is Saul Bell Award Finalist

“Surrender” is Saul Bell Award Finalist

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!


Textured 3 Diamond Platinum Ring

Textured 3 Diamond Platinum Ring

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!


Pearl Earrings, Art Deco Style

Pearl Earrings, Art Deco Style

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!


Diamond Circles Pendant

Diamond Circles Pendant

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!


Cross Cufflinks

Cross Cufflinks

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 Ongoing Quest for Purple Gold… the Pendant

The Ongoing Quest for Purple Gold…  the Pendant

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…

MJSA Purple Gold Post

Was there really such a thing being developed?  Daniel Ballard at Precious Metals CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


Thank the Veteran in Your Life

Thank the Veteran in Your Life

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!


Just Start It

Just Start It

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!


Flight to Dubai

Flight to Dubai

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!


Visiting the Headley-Whitney Museum

Visiting the Headley-Whitney Museum

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.

I was headed to the Headley-Whitney Museum, a jewel museum and library, just outside Lexington. … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


Thanks to Harry Winston

Thanks to Harry Winston

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!


After the Pearl Competition… the next Jewelry Design

After the Pearl Competition…  the next Jewelry Design

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 Design Competition

“Surrender”,  AnnieK Jewelry Enters Design Competition

“Surrender”,  AnnieK Jewelry Enters 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 render, … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!


Navaho Necklace

Navaho Necklace

1-MJSA Vision Award Annie K Jewelry The Bugs sqWhen he discovered this vintage Navaho Bug Collection, he saw in his mind, an amazingnecklace for his wife. What a perfect gift to celebrate a birthday!

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!

Posted on August 1st, by anniek in Necklaces.

MJSA Vision Award to Annie K Jewelry – 1st place “Custom Design Distinction”

MJSA Vision Award to Annie K Jewelry – 1st place “Custom Design Distinction”

MJSA Vision Award to Annie K Jewelry, 1st place “Custom Design Distinction”

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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!

Posted on July 1st, by anniek in News, Objects DArt.

Featured in Today’s Woman Magazine

Featured in Today’s Woman Magazine

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!

Posted on June 30th, by anniek in News.

Stacked Diamond Wedding Rings

Stacked Diamond Wedding Rings

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!

Posted on June 27th, by anniek in Engagement and Wedding.

18K Tanzanite Ring render

18K Tanzanite Ring render

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!

Posted on June 27th, by anniek in Ladys Rings.

Bezel Set Diamond Ring

Bezel Set Diamond Ring

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!

Posted on June 27th, by anniek in Ladys Rings.

Garnet Tire Tread Ring

Garnet Tire Tread Ring

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!

Posted on June 27th, by anniek in Mens Jewelry.

Gent’s Cross Ring

Gent’s Cross Ring

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!

Posted on June 27th, by anniek in Mens Jewelry.

CUSTOM CLASS RING

CUSTOM CLASS RING

CUSTOM CLASS RING

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 … CLICK HERE TO READ MORE!

Posted on June 27th, by anniek in Corporate_Logo, Mens Jewelry.

Don Quixote Windmill Bank

Don Quixote Windmill Bank

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!

Posted on June 27th, by anniek in Objects DArt.

Noveau Inspired Halo Engagement Ring

Noveau Inspired Halo Engagement Ring

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!

Posted on June 27th, by anniek in Engagement and Wedding.

Hawaiian Surfer Sterling Silver Salt & Pepper Shakers

Hawaiian Surfer Sterling Silver Salt & Pepper Shakers

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!

Posted on June 27th, by anniek in Objects DArt.

Diamond Brooch

Diamond Brooch

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!

Posted on June 27th, by anniek in Earrings and more.

Hinged Wedding Ring

Hinged Wedding Ring

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.

AnnieK Jewelry 18K Hinged Wedding Ring  open sq

AnnieK Jewelry 18K Hinged Wedding Ring  open render sq

AnnieK Jewelry 18K Hinged Wedding Ring  closed render sqCLICK HERE TO READ MORE!

Posted on June 27th, by anniek in Engagement and Wedding.

Snake Ring

Snake Ring

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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Posted on June 27th, by anniek in Ladys Rings.

Yellow and White Gold Diamond Earrings

Yellow and White Gold Diamond Earrings

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!

Posted on June 27th, by anniek in Earrings and more.

Pearl Earrings

Pearl Earrings

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!

Posted on June 27th, by anniek in Earrings and more.

Diamond Earrings

Diamond Earrings

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!

Posted on June 27th, by anniek in Earrings and more.

Hex Wrench Ring

Hex Wrench Ring

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!

Posted on June 21st, by anniek in Mens Jewelry.

Green earrings

Green earrings

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!

Posted on June 21st, by anniek in Earrings and more.

Ladys Rings

Ladys Rings

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!