As I have mentioned, I am in the early stages of learning metal work and jewelry making. One of the unintended effects of this education, is that I notice the quality of metal work on jewelry more than I previously did. I turn my nose up a messy solder or uneven prongs around a stone — even though I am still working on doing these things properly myself. I find I also try to guess what techniques were used in pieces that I am admiring.
I noticed Jewelry by Francine on Etsy today and felt compelled to mention her work for two reasons. First, she is making beautiful pieces and using an impressive array of techniques. The stone setting is well-done, the enameling is judiciously used, and the designs are well-composed. Secondly, I had to give Francine Ruth a shout-out because she’s from Cleveland. My husband is a born and raised Clevelander and I, myself, have done two tours of duty in that fair city. Always nice to see lovely artisan pieces coming out of Cleveland.
I love the polka-dots on the bracelet and earrings. I can imagine these being great jewelry staples — professional, casual, quirky yet understated. I am not familiar with the technique, Keum Boo, which was used to make these pieces. (I’m sure I’m showing my newbie status now.) The effect is striking. I like how the technique appears to allow the addition of another metal to a piece while being able to keep it flush.
These pieces can be found here: