CeliaOKelleyJewelry

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Announcement    Trained as a metalsmith, I create my jewelry using everything from high karat gold, pearls and gemstones to anodized aluminum and copper. Vitreous enamel, on both copper and silver, enhances many of my pieces. I love color, slow and tedious handwork, and getting everything perfect. I have been making jewelry since I took my first class in 1975.

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Last updated on Mar 9, 2016

Trained as a metalsmith, I create my jewelry using everything from high karat gold, pearls and gemstones to anodized aluminum and copper. Vitreous enamel, on both copper and silver, enhances many of my pieces. I love color, slow and tedious handwork, and getting everything perfect. I have been making jewelry since I took my first class in 1975.

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About CeliaOKelleyJewelry

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My life as a Metalsmith or I love detailed, tedious and meticulous.

I have been a metalsmith since taking my first workshop in 1975. I fell in love with the material, the processes and jewelry's intimate scale. It has been my major vocation for almost 40 years. I have taught classes, done major retail and wholesale craft fairs, been in numerous juried shows and managed my own craft gallery. I got my MFA in metals at SIUC many years after that first workshop. I now use my skills primarily as a metalsmith, fabricating my jewelry at my studio in Alabama. There I forge, form, file, saw, sand, solder, granulate, enamel, oxidize, patina... Now what have I left out. Oh yes, I get to play with fire and make loud noises. What is there not to love about being a metalsmith?
I love organic shapes and complex forms. Yet my art training insists there be a reason for each detail in the pieces. So my work can be both very simple and complex at the same time.
I specialize in unique hand fabricated jewelry. Many of my designs have so many variations and go off in so many directions that it never gets boring creating them. I may be making one of my older design and see new variations and possibilities and off I go in new major or minor directions. One very early piece was inspired by a really weird looking mushroom cap's surface. The pieces it inspired grew and evolved from very organic enamel brooches into a very simple geometric and clean design, visually far from the original inspiration, yet the fundamental idea I saw in the mushroom was still there.
With many of my jewelry designs, I test wear the original idea just to make sure it works as I intended. I often keep the original version of a new design's direction for myself because I can not bring myself to sell it. Therefore I have to make others for sale to make a living. This is one reason my work is often created in a series of very similar items. A jewelry idea may have so many design possibilities which I see as I create it, that I cannot make up my mind which one is the very best. Thus I end up making every possible variation. That then becomes a new “line” in my work.
Most of my jewelry is either one of a kind or very small limited “production” runs. When I told this to a friend that makes wonderful furniture, he said it made him think of me in a factory working a production line. One of my first jobs was as an inspector packer at a textile mill, and I can tell you my “production” is nothing like that. I sit at my bench and hand make several items in the series or the limited production run by doing the first step for each item in the series, then the 2nd step for each item and so forth until they are all done. This is more efficient than finding all the tools and materials and making each item individually all the way through. It also helps me see and implement variations at different steps in the process while keeping it still fairly efficient.
Being a perfectionist, my jewelry must be well made and functional. I use the best materials because I want my jewelry to last and be wearable for many years. I use primarily sterling silver, 14, 18 and 22 karat golds, 14K gold filled, vermeil, vitreous enamels, real pearls and semiprecious gemstones. When I use other materials I always list them under the description of the actual items.
I now have 2 shops on Etsy. CeliaOKelleyJewelry and CeliaOKelleyJewelry2.

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Last updated on January 23, 2023
Welcome to my Etsy shop. I am adding many of my designs and I am always working on new designs and tweaking older designs so check back often.
I can work with metal sensitivities and allergies. I can offer many different hypoallergenic alternatives. I have allergies myself, thus my studio and home is smoke and pet free.
I have been a metalsmith since taking my first workshop in 1975. I fell in love with the material, the processes and jewelry's intimate scale. It has been my major vocation for almost 40 years.
I specialize in unique hand fabricated jewelry. Most of my jewelry is either one of a kind or very small limited “production” runs. I am a perfectionist so my jewelry must be well made and functional. I use the best materials because I want my jewelry to last and be wearable for many years. I use primarily sterling silver, 14, 18 and 22 karat golds, 14K gold filled, vermeille, vitreous enamels, real pearls and semiprecious gemstones. When I use other materials I always list them under the description of the actual items.
If you are interested in custom work, I will be glad to speak with you concerning this. Please note that custom work is a final sale.
Special orders are slight changes to my listed items and are refundable under my return policy.
Please feel free to convo me! I'd love to hear from you.

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Last updated on May 11, 2022

Frequently asked questions

How to get the correct ring size.

To determine the size for your ring there are several things to consider. Your ring size will vary due to hydration, time of day, time of year and even the width of the ring itself. You should visit enough jewelry stores to find two jewelers who agree on your size as the mandrels used are often inaccurate. They can be off as much as ¾ of a size and are usually off around 1/8 of a size. I measure the actual ring size by measuring the inside diameter of the ring. The ring size's comfort depends on the ring's width, therefore try on rings in the same width of the ring you are buying for an accurate measurement. A wide ring may need to be a full size larger than a narrow ring to feel comfortable.
***Do not use paper tools off the internet.

Will this copper or brass ring turn my finger dark?

Copper and brass turn some people's fingers green or black. This is not harmful. It is a reaction between your personal skin chemistry and the metal. It happens mostly with copper or copper alloys, but some people have this reaction with other metals. Other people, like me, have a chemistry which removes the oxidation from copper and turns oxidized copper rings back to the pinker unoxidized copper look.
To see if this may happen to you before you order a copper or brass ring, you could just wrap a bare copper wire around your finger for a day or two. It usually happens fairly quickly. Again it is just a discoloration of the skin and is not harmful. It is different than an allergic reaction.