Artist Jill O'Reilly
Making jewelry is my dream career. I enjoy every part of the process from designing to production. Every day brings new challenges as hand worked metal never responds the same way twice. In that way each piece is a truly unique, one of a kind piece of art.
Using both centuries old and modern techniques, I hand fabricate each piece of jewelry in my studio from sterling sheet and wire. After cutting, filing, soldering, hammering, bending, sanding, and buffing each piece, I stamp it with my hallmark. As my last step, I set any stones and perform a final inspection.
Over time recessed and textures areas in each piece will darken and acquire a lovely patina. Even minor scratches will blend together enhancing the richness inherent in sterling silver. I hope wearing my jewelry brings the owner as much pleasure as I received making it.