Made of vitreous enamel, 24K gold, sterling silver
Bracelet length: 7 3/4 inches
Bracelet width: 1 3/4 inches
Luscious glossy black enamel and sterling silver is accented with 24 k gold in this handmade statement cuff bracelet! My designs lean towards modern and bold but with a "cosmic" flair to them. This cuff is certainly that! As geometric and modern as it is, it has somewhat of a cosmic feeling to it as the design elements do somewhat resemble the moon, the sun and the stars don't you think? Shooting stars perhaps! Whatever you see in this design is up to your interpretation but in any event it certainly commands attention! It is truly one-of-a-kind and will never be seen on anyone else!
So, having written this...it is now SOLD! I am happy to take custom orders, however! We can do a Zoom call or convo or email to discuss. It can be made similarly or to your specifications and/or modifications for a truly “one-of-a-kind, only yours and not to be seen on anyone else” piece of jewelry!!
Having made a similar bracelet to this along with a coordinating necklace and pair of earrings for myself, I can tell you that I am constantly stopped & asked about these pieces when I wear them! This statement cuff bracelet is many things to include stunning, unusual and unique, and can easily be dressed up or down for a very versatile piece of handmade jewelry! This bracelet is as equally at home with a black t-shirt and a pair of jeans as it is with a little black dress and heels! Either way it is a statement piece that is sure to bring lots of compliments! Although the three pieces worn together (or four if you add in a ring!) are absolutely stunning, this is one of those pieces that can stand alone...and you can always add the other pieces down the road! Silver or gold earrings and necklaces that are already in your jewelry chest will readily complement this design. Be prepared for it to become the star while the other pieces play supporting roles!
This bracelet has had many different techniques and materials come together in its design and creation! The fused sterling silver design is accented with three custom sizes and shapes of vitreous enamel that I have created specifically for it. Generous accents of 24K gold are incredibly bold and vivid against the black glossy background of the vitreous enamel! These pieces are "heat riveted" on to the bracelet, adding dimension with their balled ends. These compliment the balled ends of the sterling silver wires that I have fused on to the silver. Water castings are another process I have used in this design. These are the several small round open organic looking "pods" you may notice. The variety of techniques come together for a truly one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry that you, or perhaps the special person you may be giving it to as a gift, will undoubtedly cherish and love!
Read below for a further explanation of the vitreous enamel process as well as the fusing/reticulation process if you are interested!
This bracelet is entirely made by hand, by me, in my studio. The bracelet measures approximately 6 3/4" from end to end and has an opening of approximately 1". I have a 6 1/2" wrist and it fits me well if perhaps on the slightly loose side and as such could easily accommodate a larger wrist. This cuff is somewhat adjustable and pliable and can be gently opened along the outer edges for a larger wrist or the ends pulled more closely together for a smaller one, thereby accommodating a variety of wrist sizes.
If you would like the size adjusted by me, let me know and I will be happy to do that for you before shipping it out!
This is a one-of-a-kind bracelet. You will love wearing it…or giving it as a gift...and won't ever see it on anyone else!
Notice the complementing necklace, ring and earrings! These are available by custom order if you don't see them posted. Please feel free to convo me with any special requests and custom orders.
Gift Wrap as shown is free!
I ship from Florida, and time in transit will vary depending upon where in the US you are located. I ship USPS with tracking info, which gets to most places within 3 - 5 business days. Priority Mail is available at check-out as an upgrade if you would like it faster!
I want you to be happy with your purchase. Each piece is handmade by me in my home studio in Sarasota, Florida. If you need to exchange your purchase, please call or email me to discuss. Please note that I am not able to offer refunds on items made to order.
Interested in knowing more about the process of vitreous enamel? If so, read on….. And if not, just know these are a quality, beautifully finished handmade pair of one-of-a-kind earrings!
Most of my enamel jewelry starts with a piece of copper or silver that has been cut into the shape I envision my completed piece to be. Holes are drilled at this point, rough edges are sanded and filed off and any doming/dapping of the final form occurs at this point. The piece is then carefully and thoroughly cleaned by both scrubbing as well as pickling (immersing in an acidic cleaning solution kept warm in a crock pot). Without touching the surfaces to be enameled (enamel will not adhere to any areas that have any oil from your fingers or other residues), a fine mist of a clear gummy solution is sprayed on that will help the fine enamel particles adhere. Enamel particles (glass in a powdery form) are now sifted on, which comes in various colors, particle size, and formulas. Numerous firings will occur, creating one layer over the next, most often on the front as well as the reverse side of my designs. The many layers create depth and interest as well as giving stability to the piece. Each firing is done from 2 to as many as 7 minutes, in a kiln at approximately 1500 degrees. The firings are typically done 3 to 5 times on the front and 2 to 3 times on the reverse side. Removing the piece at precisely the right time is key to the process and a small window in my kiln allows me to peak in and see what is happening. Removing the piece from the kiln at precisely the right moment is imperative. When I design a pair of earrings I fire the two pieces at the same time. Truly no two pieces are ever the same, however they will be similar to each other by doing this and will create a lovely “coordinating”, not identical, set!
I particularly enjoy the processes of crackle enamel and separation enamel, which are the interesting patterns and dimension that you see in many of my designs. These techniques create organic looking pieces that often resemble natural stones and gems….but in the shape and design I want them to be!
Vitreous enamel, the process I use, is not to be confused with resin enamel or painted enamel or enamelware or many other uses of the word “enamel”…none of which are glass powders sifted on metal and fired with a torch or in a kiln numerous times at temperatures of approximately 1500 degrees until the powder melts and adheres to the metal creating a layer of gorgeous pure glass over the metal as I have described above…vitreous enamel. Be careful…not all enamels are created equal. Also to be considered is whether or not the vitreous enamel is fired on both sides of the piece you are considering. This is much more time consuming in the creation of the piece but increases its strength and stability, making for a quality, long lasting piece of jewelry.
So now you know about the process of creating vitreous enamel jewelry! Truly no two pieces are ever identical! It is a fun and rewarding process.
More about reticulation and fusing.......
Reticulating silver is a very organic process, with no two pieces turning out the same either! Although I tend to be very geometric and modern in my work, with well-thought out designs, I find that the process of reticulation somewhat forces me to “let go” and let the process lead me (to a certain extent!) where it wants to go….it is a very Zen-like experience as you absolutely can not have a predetermined outcome…you just need to trust that you have the skill to not melt your metal into a molten pool of hot liquid!
The process starts in this design with a piece of sterling silver cut to size in three different shapes.
Notice how they fit perfectly between the wires, balls and shapes alongside them! Repeatedly heating and quenching and pickling is the next step once the pieces are custom cut and shaped to fit. When I have done this multiple times, the metal starts to look white, evidencing the fact that the fine silver has been brought to the surface. Another round of this process will start to give the surface of the metal a lovely texture. Control is important here as a little too long under the torches hot flame will cause it to melt. The direction and path of the flame I am placing on my metal creates various patterns and textures. Once I am satisfied with my texture, I take the next step which is the addition of wires and balls through the process of fusing. Once again, high heat and lots of control over the flame is required and at precisely the right moment, the wires and balls will fuse to the surface. It’s a tricky process that requires skill and concentration as there is only about 100 degrees or so between fusing and melting a hole right through the sheet of metal...or the whole thing...if you are not careful! Like most silversmithing techniques, fusing and reticulation takes practice. I had the good fortune to study this process under a world renowned jewelry artist and teacher by the name of Harold O’Connor early in 2020. To him I give my repeated thanks and gratitude as I am very comfortable now with the technique and find him to be inspirational. Google him if you are interested in checking out his work! It is amazing!!