A Bit of Background...Making jewellery has been a passion of mine since my childhood. When I was only 12, my father built a proper semi-precious stone cutting station for me in the basement. The stone cutting saw was powered by the motor out of an old ringer washer that we finally retired. Yes, a ringer washer. I would make cabachons and tumble rough stone for rings, pendants and earrings and sell the finshed pieces in their settings. It was my first creative business even before photography. My father enjoyed creating gold wire pieces and returned to it in his late 70s. I still have a few of his pieces as well as some of the tumbled stones from my early days.
A couple of years ago, the bug hit me again and with an idea of using a new material that I could sculpt. This allowed me to get my hands dirty, to sculpt, saw, file, and paint with gold and silver leafing. The desire was to create beautiful objects that people could carry with them and use to centre themselves.
The glass portals project came first before the Touchstone collection but the portals require a lot of engineering that I am still experimenting with and so i chose to put the physical energy into developing the techniques for the sculpted pieces while I sort out the technical details of the other works.
Quality ControlAs the technique for the Touchstone pendants is my own invention, it took many months of testing materials to discover the best and safest processes. I have also been testing the durabiltiy over several months by wearing the same piece every day under all sorts of conditions. I have even dropped it twice, stepped on it by accident and mistakenly worn it in the shower. It is still in perfect condition, I'm happy to say. However, if you do ever have any issues with your pendant, please do not hesitate to talk to me and we can sort it out. I really would appreciate any feedback, positive or negative, as it it will help me to maintain the highest standard in the production..
How to PurchaseWhat you will find on the Touchstone album page is the full collection, including sold items. If you click on the image you will be presented with a gallery of 4 or 5 images showing you the various sides of the piece, the scale, and how it appears in the velvet box. Currently I am selling these pieces in my Etsy store where you will see all of the details about the piece including exact dimensions. The text below the available pieces on my site links directly to the page for that item on Etsy. You will need to register with Etsy in order to purchase. The purchase procedure is very straight forward with options for payment. if you live in a country that you don't see on my shipping list, simply email contact me and I can set something up.
Each Touchstone pendant comes with a sterling silver snake chain (your choice of 18 or 20 inches) and a sturdy long pile velvet box which is shown in the photos on this site and in my Etsy shop.