Gretchen Cole Handcrafted Jewelry
Medium(s): Jewelry, Metal
Summary/Artist Statement:My jewelry is at once simple, elegant and slightly rustic. I'm a low maintenance kind of gal and I want that to be the kind of jewelry I create - something to put on, live in and love.
What inspires my creativity is the beauty and color of the semi-precious stones and pearls I work with; paring them with complimentary or contrasting stones or metals until I am pleased with the result. I make pieces that I want to wear and have a timelessness in their style, not riding the wave of current trends.
I am in love with metalwork and make most of my components by hand forming, fusing and hammering fine silver, sterling, copper and bronze. Metal, at once cool, rigid and lifeless, becomes something entirely different with a little effort, heat and inspiration.
In my jewelry designs, I strive to showcase gemstones in their most natural state. I have always loved gemstones and minerals - digging garnets out of the granite boulders near my home as a child, collecting rocks, sea glass and other found object my whole life. I want my work to be a celebration of the earth's beauty and bounty.
You may purchase my jewelry at:
Thin Ice, Elmwood Ave., Buffalo
Buffalo Gallery & Gift Shop, Walden Galleria, Cheektowaga
or you may contact me directly: