New jewelry primarily uses hand cut regional gemstones with a minimal use of metal. The stones are shaped and polished in studio and designs are fabricated that allow the gem’s color and illuminating properties to be highlighted. This work is in conversation with recent paintings and sculptures but is using the natural materials found in the earth. The gems are locally sourced nephrite jade from Wyoming and the west coast as well as found stones like quartz.
Past jewelry work spans over 25 years. Fabrication techniques used are texturing with hammering and stamping, repousse’ relief work, blending drawing and metalwork with piercing and sawing, layering and laminating metals, stitching with wire, engraving patterns, etching designs, and creating small boxes and hinges. Wax work for casting has included one of a kind model carving, stone settings, and production work. Online business is www.isabeljewelry.com.