Artist Alene Geed shares an inspired collection of handcrafted metal and gemstone jewelry. Visit her website to see more of her work.
I love designing with gemstones and metals. Early in my training I worked in copper. Even though this was supposed to be a transition metal before working with more valuable metals, I ended up falling in love with the way copper can be shaped, heated and formed to create color and depth.
Today many of my designs still feature copper in combination with sterling and fine silver.
Finding a theme that inspires me is how I create my collections. My favorite, the Sacred Spiral, is featured prominently in my work. Did you know that this ancient symbol has been found in cave carvings and shells?
Each of our actions—a quick smile to a stranger, a kind word to a friend—create ripples of joy that is passed on to from person to person. The tag line “because kindness matters” is my inspiration for the Sacred Spiral designs!
Gemstones are also the impetus for a design.
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My method for finding the perfect gem? When at a gem show, or searching online, I look for the gem that seems to jump out at me. It calls my name! Sounds silly, but I can feel the connection somehow. I cannot wait to get back to the bench to design something.
My Buried Treasure collection features smaller amethyst geodes from Uruguay. Yes, they called my name! Once I discovered these tiny spectacular gems, I had to have them. Each of these amazing purple rocks is one of a kind.
Currently, I am adding steel and gold to my creations. Learning the ins and outs of working with steel has been challenging, yet fun.
In a few days, I watch a piece of dull steel become transformed into a work of art. I love it! Stay tuned for new designs showcasing this process.
I love this creative adventure I am living. The design ideas keep coming. Sharing these final designs with those who love and appreciate them is my ultimate reward.
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