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How I Photograph My Jewelry - Tips

I've been making a lot of jade jewelry in the past couple of months because we have begun cutting and polishing these Wyoming sourced stones ourselves. Due to all of this production I have been taking a lot of photos to upload the inventory to my website. (Above: jade rings on a boulder out in morning sunlight.)

Buying Quality

When you buy a piece of Isabel Jewelry you are buying handmade quality with a lifetime guarantee. I realize that there are piles of cheap jewelry that I compete with every day but I know what I am producing is carefully and individually made...because I make each piece. Like all micro-businesses I have to compete with factory made products. Knowing this, I like to keep my jewelry small pieces of artwork.

Teton Belt Buckle Step-by-Step

The Teton Range is the featured horizon line on this belt buckle. I made this for a customer who wanted a very special graduation present for her Wyoming son. It is all sterling silver with elk ivory highlights.

Free Form and Architectural Jewelry

In the last few weeks I have been working on some special wax carving projects. I usually fabricate most of my jewelry from sheet, wire and various metal stock but sometimes a project calls for unusual curves or shapes so I carve a wax model to be cast in silver or gold.

Deep Dark Winter

Wyoming winter aspen trees.

Wyoming is a great place to experience a true winter and the end of December through the beginning of January always proves to be a deep dark and extremely cold time. Last week we had a spell of 20 below zero weather. But already I can tell the days are just getting a wee bit longer; it's been two weeks since the solstice.

Two Into One: melting two rings together to make a new one.

I recently had the opportunity to make a wedding ring for a customer who wanted to combine a ring from her family and the groom's family. She wanted to have them melted together to become one ring for her fiance. The two gold rings were her mother's diamond engagement ring and his father's wedding ring.

Wind River Granite

Written 8-26-2014

Summer passes quickly at 7,000' above sea level, we've had snow on our mountain tops this week and a very rainy August.

Golden Hand Stamped Earrings

Written July 16, 2014

I've recently begun making my popular stamped earrings in 14K Yellow Gold. They are warm and luxurious. Each pair is different since I individually stamp each marking with handmade steel stamps.

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