Learn | Issue 4 Summer 2021

Where do you go for inspiration? Are there particular artists that inspire you? You have to look at a ton of jewelry to figure out what you like and what you don’t like. My first trade show I went to was Vicenza Oro where I saw incredible designers I never knew about and fell in love with, such as Palmiero.

Whenever I was in a new European city, I would look for jewelry stores that made jewelry by hand. Adelina Scalzotto owns a jewelry store in Vicenza’s historical center that inspired me. I also love looking at the really beautiful things that have been made throughout history by Tiffany’s, Van Cleef Arpels, Bvlgari, etc. You also need look no further than a book that has legends of hand engraving at its earliest times like Albrecht Dürer or Jan van de Velde II.

What are some of your favorite or most memorabl e proj ects? I made a Greek Athena ring that was an intaglio signet ring in 22K gold. That was truly unique and fun make, people love pieces that tell a story and that customer commissioned it to remember his time living in Greece. I also made a pavé American flag piercing for a shadow box displaying my family’s four generations serving in the U.S. Army (Veterans of my family from WWI, WWII, Vietnam, and myself in Iraq). The pavé American flag is based on the original 13-star American flag brooch that Tiffany’s first created. This was my rendition of it in silver and with colored and colorless cubic zirconia.




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