My mother, born and raised on the island of Madagascar, passed on to her six children an appreciation for nature’s artwork. Shells, stones, pinecones, flowers, ocean waves, sunsets—all held her in awe. Thanks mostly to her influence, I’ve been drawn to shapes, patterns, textures, earth and sky-tones throughout the years, and have executed this interest through sewing, rosemaling, photography and needle-work.
But in 2007 at the Metal Heart Studio (then in White Bear Lake, Minnesota) I discovered my passion and chose my medium—metal and stone. It was amazing to learn how to manipulate solid metal and hard stones into unique pieces of beauty. My last name seemed a natural marketing hook to launch my business, Jewelry by Stoneking, in 2008.
I am intrigued by mixed metals--the luster of sterling, the rich hues of copper and brass, made more vibrant and varied with a hot torch. When affordable, gold too is lustrous and desirable. While metal alone makes fabulous jewelry, incorporating stones can add color and brilliance to a piece.
Stoneking Jewelry pieces do not conform to a single style or substance. Clients from many backgrounds and with myriad style preferences find jewelry they love.
As you peruse the products on these pages, watch for the influences from my mother--stones from Madagascar, tribal-looking cutouts, hues reminiscent of a post-sunset sky, patterns cut from natural shapes (see the double leaf pendant, traced literally from fallen oak leaves), and more. Thanks for your interest in my work!