Artist and teacher, Karen Edgerly, combines her love for geology and silversmithing to create patina finished copper, silver, and gold jewelry adorned with precious and semi-precious stones. She looks at metal as a beautiful malleable material to form and fold into a variety of different ways. The final piece entails taking metal and playing with its many different possible colors, ex. copper patina in a blue hue or oxidized silver. Her work involves silver, gold, and base metals that are fused, cast, soldered, and etched into sparkly everyday wearable pieces of jewelry.
She has four main lines: form-folded cuffs; stones set in silver and gold; gold and silver rings; and etched earrings. Sapphires accent most of her pieces as they come in a wide variety of beautiful colors. Also, she is conscientious of having an eco-friendly studio. Since she has a degree in geochemistry and art, she understands the implications of the chemicals that can be used in this line of work. Her jewelry embraces the fine artisan craft of silversmithing using various techniques and plays with mixing silver with base metals or a touch of gold. And yes, always adding the sparkling aspect of faceted stones.
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