Every jeweler, metalsmith, maker and artist has a story to share—from your first calling to create, to the enduring inspiration that fuels your challenges and triumphs. For the Love of Jewelers shares the stories of jewelers like you, to celebrate the legacy of jewelry-making around the world.
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What makes you a jeweler? It wakes you up at 2:00 a.m and places you in front of your bench. It's in the smell of your workspace, the grip on your hammer or the feeling of smooth stone against your calloused fingertips. It's how you find beauty in the discarded, inspiration in everything and another reason to be late to dinner. What's your story?
The name G. Phil Poirier is synonymous with hydraulic forming. But as a high school kid dabbling in jewelry in the 1970s, Phil had a bent for invention that was spurred by necessity. In the absence of specialized tools, materials and readily available knowledge, Phil had to become his own toolmaker, gem-cutter and teacher. "I needed to do things to my jewelry that I couldn't do with available tools," he says, "so I started making my own."Read Phil's Story
Daughter-father duo, Elizabeth Kirk and Michael Kirk are a strong jewelry design team. From initial concept to the final swipe of a polishing cloth, they fluidly trade ideas and tasks until each finished piece emerges. It's a dynamic that began when Elizabeth was a little girl popping into her dad's Isleta Pueblo workshop garage, about 20 miles south of Albuquerque, N.M.Read Elizabeth and Michael's Story
Jeffrey Herman is a master silversmith, who ironically believes his work is at its best when it goes unnoticed. As a silversmith and restorationist, Jeff works on large silver pieces, things like antique cigarette cases, tea sets and flatware. He painstakingly removes dents, reduces tarnish and restores luster while paying careful attention to the original design—and erasing every sign of his own presence along the way. Because restoration is a service, he has never wanted for work. "People are constantly breaking things," he likes to joke. "It's always something new."Read Jeffrey's Story
Peter DiCristofaro has dedicated his life to preserving the history of jewelry making and techniques in the United States. Observe a rolling mill from 1870 that still produces a perfect sheet of gold. Identify a battered bench from Tiffany & Co. upon which generations of jewelers worked. Locate one of the country's first chain-making machines. Discover these historical jewelry-making treasures, among other fascinating tools and devices, at the Providence Jewelry Museum.Read Peter's Story