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Custom Jewelry by Ellen West

Ellen is a custom jeweler and has created hundreds of items including earrings, rings, pendants, belt buckles, and watch bands over the past 35 years. Her present interest is in creating designs for earrings, rings, and pendants for clients that want something unique and suitable to their own individual needs and interests.

Ellen takes precious stones from old rings and creates new designs that are more modern and wearable than rings made many years ago. She can use the stones to create rings, earrings, or pendants for children and grandchildren so the precious stones will stay in the family and be well worn to remember where the stones came from. Or she can purchase stones as needed for your own designs. Or she can design items entirely of silver or gold.

Ellen specializes in “lost wax” carving to create designs. Each design is carved from a block of wax. The client approves the wax carving before the piece is cast. The wax is embedded in plaster and then burned out in a kiln. The wax is then “lost” giving the process its name. Then white or yellow gold or sterling silver is poured into the plaster mold where the wax used to be. After the metal has cooled, she polishes the item and sets the stones.

Since all items are unique, yours will be different from any of the few examples shown above. These are just to give you an idea of the style of her work.

If you are interested in having Ellen make a custom piece for you, please send her an email.


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