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Welcome to the Etsy store of JewelerJim: Please see my “shop policy” for shipping information and terms of sales.

I started making Silver and Turquoise jewelry in 1973. I would cut the stone, and then fabricate a setting out of sheet and wire on a homemade work bench in my bedroom. The following year I opened a shop with my brother, and we did custom work and repairs.

I learned to work in wax, which allowed me to expand into gold and the use of other gems. We became a “trade shop” and did work for several local jewelry stores. After a few years I realized all I was doing was work, and getting older and fatter. I applied to some local Art & Craft fairs, and enjoyed the interaction with customers and selling something other than diamond wedding sets.

I like color, and Moth…

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  • Male
  • Born on November 15
  • Joined May 3, 2008

Favorite materials

Opal, Turquoise, Sapphires they come in so many colors, most all gems, gold, platinum, and silver

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About

Welcome to the Etsy store of JewelerJim: Please see my “shop policy” for shipping information and terms of sales.

I started making Silver and Turquoise jewelry in 1973. I would cut the stone, and then fabricate a setting out of sheet and wire on a homemade work bench in my bedroom. The following year I opened a shop with my brother, and we did custom work and repairs.

I learned to work in wax, which allowed me to expand into gold and the use of other gems. We became a “trade shop” and did work for several local jewelry stores. After a few years I realized all I was doing was work, and getting older and fatter. I applied to some local Art & Craft fairs, and enjoyed the interaction with customers and selling something other than diamond wedding sets.

I like color, and Mother Nature produces some very beautiful and colorful rocks and gems. In 1992 I closed my store and started doing shows full time. All of the color in my jewelry is natural rock in one form or another, without dyes, resins, or enamel. The metal is Gold, Platinum, or Silver.

All designs are originals, several of the master waxes were carved by Sharon of NightSkyJewelry on Etsy when she was a wax carver. Though many have molds, each piece is one of a kind by the time I finish. I specialize mostly in fine stone inlay, often complimenting a center gemstone. I sign each piece with my signature stamp of a “JH” in a circle and the type of metal. I have two part time helpers in my studio who help me, one by shooting and cleaning up waxes, and one who is an apprentice that I am teaching the business.

I sell my jewelry at arts & craft fairs, several galleries, on my website, and now hopefully on Esty. I also do custom work, so if you have a stone or a special design in mind I would be happy to give a bid.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

James A. Hardwick

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