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Our studio practice explores the relationship between metal and media (stones, glass and paper), drawing from foundations while questioning and investigating perceptions of the jewelry field.
Although I have sketch books filled with jewelry designs, I don’t use them to create jewelry. Each stone/piece has a story, so I design each piece around the stone.
All of our pieces are handmade here in the Southwest, therefore, no two pieces of jewelry are 100% identical, making each of them unique. No machining, no big tools, only our hands to create each piece that we hope you will cherish forever.
After reading a report from the North Carolina Dept of Natural Resources, Mike went mining for rubies, sapphires, garnets, etc. This experience triggered Mike’s fascination of stones and the extraordinary expression each stone possesses. He carries the same passion when working, cutting and polishing, with stones.
I love being a designer of contemporary jewelry that have clean sleek lines - a modern minimalist.
Strive that each piece tells a story.
Special attention is given to light, movement and the energy expressed in each pieces’ simple lines.
Every part of our jewelry has been planned visually to make them simple, beautiful and as engaging as possible!
We are putting our efforts into making environmentally friendly decisions as we incorporate repurposed diamonds/gems in some of our pieces. For a green alternative, we create some of our jewelry from recycled silver. As we are committed to adhering to the principles of sustainable development and we continually look for ways to improve.
From beautiful one-of-a-kind pendants to handcrafted earrings, Jewelry by James was born out of a love for collecting stones on hikes all throughout the Southwest United States. Stones are expertly cut and polished, then incorporated into designs created by Mike & Doreen with great care and attention to detail. With a full line of items to choose from — and more wonderful pieces being added to our collection regularly — there’s something for everyone at Jewelry by James. Shop our entire selection of handcrafted jewelry today.