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to see some of my wonderful new work for Fall 2017.   

Fall is that time when I look to the trees, the sky, Puget Sound and the mountains for color inspiration.   Deep reds, gold and sunflower yellow, oranges, lavender, greens, plums and blues.   Translated into garnets, rubies, Padparascha sapphires, emeralds, tanzanites, fossilized coral, sponge coral, sunstone, tourmalines and apatites.    Walking, hiking and just being in nature provides the inspiration while gazing upon this glorious color palette.   Red is a popular color this year and rubies, garnets and red colored beads are being featured in the sterling silver and reticulated silver pieces currently coming out of the studio.    

Red is vibrant.   Red is scintillating.  Red is a color to revel in through out the Fall and the Winter to come with cloudy skies and rain.   Red is a knockout color for toes, fingers, lips, ears, the neck, basically all over.   These earrings will be available starting November 15 and can be found here under Dawn Lucy.

Fall is that time for sitting by the fire, hiking in the woods with all the beauty of changing leaves,  pumpkins, fresh crisp apples in their hues of gold, yellow red and green.   Fall is also a time for renewal of the earth.   It is a time of deepening shadows, colder temperatures, and more time to sit back and reflect on the summer past.   For artists, it is a time of inspiration and focus.

In addition to the rainbow of colors from Mother Nature, reticulated silver remains the favorite metal focus of my studio, where I make my own special alloy of sterling and fine silvers with copper.   A special technique of studio jewelers, no two pieces will ever be alike because of the inherent nature of this unique material.  Reticulated Silver is a favorite because of the process and the result that celebrates the uniqueness in all, including nature.

New designs are also being created with a special metal alloy from Japan called Mokume-gane.  A wonderful layered amalgam of silver and copper or silver with gold, Mokume-gane allows the designer to create intricate work reminiscent of wave patterns, cloudy sky patterns and others too numerous to describe.   Mokume-gane is a Japanese metalworking procedure which produces a mixed-metal laminate with distinctive layered patterns. Mokume-gane translates closely to "wood grain metal" or "wood eye metal", describing the way the metal takes on the appearance of natural wood grain. 


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