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For Love or Jewelry

This is the season when a girl's fancy turns to . . . jewelry!  Okay, I'm usually the type who likes new paints or a cookbook more than your typical Valentine's trinkets, but this year is different.  I blame my friend Danielle, who is our featured jewelry designer in our online shop.  These are my favorite of Danielle's new baubles for dao jewelry.  Rough hewn chunks of Washington Big Leaf Maple, salvaged from our workshop, become the textural focus of these sterling silver drop earrings.  The effect of this eclectic pairing of materials is elegant, sculptural, and eye-catching.  


Runner-up for my current favorite from dao jewelry:  the Pillar and Circle necklace. I'd rather have this hand-forged necklace than a box of truffles! 

Now a PSA from our sales department (aka yours truly):  


SALES PITCH: There are only a few days left to take advantage of our Free Shipping Offer! Place your order for dao jewelry or Piano Nobile textiles before Sunday, February 14, and we’ll ship it for free!

FINE PRINT: This offer applies to all jewelry and textiles; it excludes furniture and lighting. This offer applies to orders shipping to the US and Canada only using our standard ground service. For all other orders, normal shipping charges apply, but we are happy to offer free gift wrapping, even for furniture and lighting.

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Guest Blogger Danielle from dao jewelry: wood I? could I?

Fall always signals something new for me. Perhaps it stems from all those years of going 'back to school'. So it is at this time that I embark on new work for the coming season - blending wood with silver.

A walk in Central Park sparked this new direction when I stumbled upon a piece of tree bark that had been forced from its home following a wild thunderstorm. The natural variations in the grain and texture immediately brought to mind myriad sketches of organic and natural jewelry designs.

Having a somewhat limited knowledge of wood I began experimenting with a variety courtesy of my friends at Piano Nobile. They supplied me with the finest stock their Pacific Northwest forestry could offer. I gravitated toward the rich, bold Oregon Walnut to create what is now known as the wood frame earrings.

And the fun doesn't stop there - there are finishes to explore! So many, from oils to water based varnishes.
The learning has been fascinating. But what really amazes me is the process of executing my new wood jewelry designs. In making silver jewelry, so many tools and machines lend a dramatic hand in my creation process. Yet, in my work with wood, I relish the serenity in working with just a jeweler's saw and 220 grit sandpaper. The quiet duo takes me to a new place, just as I and nature intended.