The Story of a Jeweler: Karin Jacobson

I attended the Perpich Center for Arts Education, otherwise known as the Minnesota arts high school and had a jewelry making class that I loved taught by Cheryl Rydmark, a jeweler who now lives in northern California. I ended up getting an apprenticeship with Cheryl, which we originally thought would just be for the summer, but I ended up working for her for almost 7 years, during which time I attended college.

In 1999, I started my own business, growing it slowly from a part-time business in a shared studio space, to a full-time business in a big sunny space of my own, although I still work alone. I sell wholesale to stores and do quite a lot of custom wedding rings. I really try to use the most eco-friendly and socially conscientious materials for my work, which means using recycled metals, and gems which are either recycled, fair trade or laboratory-grown.

I like pieces that make a bold statement so I use big shapes, clean lines and bright colors. I am equally inspired by the beautifully simplified shapes of Scandinavian design, and the nature-inspired geometric patterns in Japanese art, such as cherry blossoms woven into the fabric of kimono. While both styles of art are very different, they both evoke the feeling that every single line and design element was carefully considered. Equally important to the design is maintaining the same high level of comfort and craftsmanship, which I learned as a traditional goldsmith. My ultimate goal is to create pieces that are sculptural on their own and functional as jewelry.

With all of my jewelry designs, from sterling silver cocktail rings to custom engagement rings and wedding bands, I try to find the most eco-friendly and ethically-sourced materials available. I use recycled precious metals (silver, gold, palladium and platinum), laboratory-grown stones, recycled diamonds and fair trade colored gemstones. Its jewelry that makes you look and feel good!

VIA: Karin Jacobson.

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