Here you'll find some examples of my work. All of these pieces were inlaid entirely by hand, and most were finished without power tools. This should give you some idea of my aesthetic. Please use these images as inspiration for a commissioned piece of your own.
Black Ceramic Wide Channel Core, and Black Ceramic Channel Core.
Inlaid with Dragon Scale Opal and Ember Opal
This is an example of a set of wedding rings I created. The couple wanted something which reflected their love of all things geeky, and decided a dragon theme was perfect. The song the ring was named after is a piece from The Hobbit by Ed Sheeran. The song refers to the Desolation of Smaug.
Cobalt Chromium Core
Inlaid with Snowflake Obsidian, Howlite, and Crimson Opal
I made this ring as an incentive gift for a donation to one of my favorite charities - the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Each year I fundraise for the AFSP, and a donation of $500 will get you a custom made ring of your choice.
Black Ceramic Triple Channel Core
Inlaid with Egyptian Blue Opal and Glacier White Opal
This is one of a number of service rings I've made for police, fire, paramedic and military. Each piece carries the colors of the service it represents, and can be made in a variety of materials, depending on the wearer's esthetic.
Stainless Steel Core
Inlaid with Watch Parts on a blue background.
Inspiration: Rolex Oyster Perpetual
This watch was made for a fine watch collector. One of his watches is a Rolex Oyster Perpetual, so I used that watch as the inspiration for this design. I've made a variety of these pieces, each inspired by a different watch.
Black Ceramic Core
Inlaid with “Yooperlite”
This was an interesting project commissioned by a resident of the Upper Peninsula (UP) of Michigan. Yooperlite is a synete-rich fluorescent sodalite found along the shores of all the Great Lakes, but are most prominent on Michigan’s UP along Lake Superior. Their unique characteristic is their natural fluorescent glow under UV light.
Stainless Steel Core
Inlaid with Pāua Abalone
As a diver, I love the imagery of the abalone shell against the black background in the channel, which is then offset by the polished stainless steel. Abalone dust contains razor sharp edges that cause lesions in the alveoli, which can scar into fibrosis in the lungs. I use an inlay technique that precludes sanding of the actual shell, but it can still be difficult to work with without the proper equipment.
Stainless Steel Core
Inlaid with Fordite from a Jeep plant.
Fordite, also known as Detroit agate or Motor City agate, is old automotive paint which has hardened sufficiently to be cut and polished. It was formed from the buildup of layers of enamel paint slag on tracks and skids on which cars were hand spray-painted (a now automated process), which have been baked numerous times. I then cut and set the fordite in interesting patterns.
Damascus Steel Channel Core
Inlaid with Red and Yellow Polymer Clay
This piece is inlaid with polymer clay, a man-made material that is mixed, set in the channel, and then baked to hardness. Once the ring is cool, I sand the clay to ensure there are no rough edges and then seal the material with UV epoxy.
This was created for a fan of the Marvel Universe in general, and Iron Man in particular.
Tony Stark: “Tell you what, throw a little hot rod red in there.”
J.A.R.V.I.S.: “Yes, that should help you keep a low profile.”
.925 Sterling Silver three band ear cuff mounting with a 3mm Mojave Copper Turquoise cabochon.
These cabochon ear cuffs can be set with almost any gemstone/material the client wants. They're very comfortable, and they're small enough not to interfere with glasses or hearing aids.
Sterling Silver Pear Mounting with a Sterling Silver Box Chain inlaid with Black Emerald Opal, Bahama Blue Opal, and Glacier Opal, sealed with UV resin.
This pendant was made by commission for an ecologist. She sent a favorite photograph of the mountains to communicate the color palette she wanted me to use.
Sterling Silver Square Mounting with a Greek meander pattern inlaid with Sangria, Amber, and Sonic Grey Opals, sealed with UV resin.
These cufflinks were commissioned by someone who enjoyed a trip to Greece with her husband and wanted to give him commemorative jewelry with the meander pattern. The colors were selected to match the receiver's tie selection.
Sterling Silver Rectangular Mounting inlaid with a gradients of orange and yellow opal, sealed with UV resin.
This earring/pendant pair was commissioned as a Christmas gift for someone who looks great in orange and yellow, and considers them her "happy colors."
Sterling Silver Oval Mounting with a Wheat Chain inlaid with a horse head cameo.
This pendant was made as a silent auction item for the Westernaires, a Jefferson County, Colorado based mounted drill team organization for youth. I spent my childhood and teen years riding with the Westernaires, and the Alumni Silent Auction helps raise money to sponsor riders and horses, supplement operating costs and more.
.925 Sterling Silver 16mm mounting hung from a .925 Sterling Silver 16” chain. The inlay is clear and multicolor blue beads against a blue background, sealed with UV resin.
This pendant was made as a gift for for the Colorado Village Collaborative's Women's Village in Denver, CO. Each year, my family puts together Christmas Bags for the residents of the Village, and one of my contributions is a piece of inlaid jewelry for each person.
Sterling Silver Round Mounting with a Sterling Silver Box Chain inlaid with Crimson broken glass,
This pendant was made as a gift for for the Colorado Village Collabortive's Women's Village in Denver, CO. Each year, my family puts together Christmas Bags for the residents of the Village, and one of my contributions is a piece of inlaid jewelry for each person.
Sterling Silver Pear Mounting with a Sterling Silver Wheat Chain, Sterling Silver Oval and Pear Earring Mounting, and Fiber Carbon Ring inlaid with Teal, Black Emerald, and Magic Lake Opals.
This jewelry set was made as a graduation present for a young woman graduating from high school. The pieces were made to be worn either together or alone.
Sterling Silver Pear Mounting with a Sterling Silver Wheat Chain, Stainless Steel Ring inlaid with Cobalt Blue, Blue Graphite, Blue Charcoal, Egyptian Blue, and Inferno Opals.
This matching pendant and ring were made as an anniversary present for a long-time couple. The buyer wanted a primarily Cobalt Blue color scheme, but about 25% of the inlay included the other opal colors to give the pieces depth and visual interest. The ring is one of the larger pieces I've created at size 13.5/12mm.