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JudieGummDesigns

Nature inspired, silver and pewter jewelry from Alaska

Fairbanks, Alaska · 730 Sales

JudieGummDesigns

Nature inspired, silver and pewter jewelry from Alaska

Fairbanks, Alaska 730 Sales On Etsy since 2009

5 out of 5 stars
(202)

Announcement   I have been designing jewelry in Alaska for over 40 years and work almost exclusively with precious metals in the lost wax technique. I draw inspiration from Nature's own wealth of imagery. I am particularly drawn to capture animals and plants which have a whimsical theme or romantic symbolism. This often challenges me to find that perfect bead or stone which compliments the design in a meaningful way.

Jewelry being a craft, should be well made, durable, and above all else - wearable. But it also can be an art form which magics the wearer with beauty. My goal is to create jewelry hand crafted for a lifetime of enjoyment at an affordable price.

Welcome to Judie Gumm Designs!

Announcement

I have been designing jewelry in Alaska for over 40 years and work almost exclusively with precious metals in the lost wax technique. I draw inspiration from Nature's own wealth of imagery. I am particularly drawn to capture animals and plants which have a whimsical theme or romantic symbolism. This often challenges me to find that perfect bead or stone which compliments the design in a meaningful way.

Jewelry being a craft, should be well made, durable, and above all else - wearable. But it also can be an art form which magics the wearer with beauty. My goal is to create jewelry hand crafted for a lifetime of enjoyment at an affordable price.

Welcome to Judie Gumm Designs!

Judie Gumm

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Judie Gumm

Halibut Spirit Pin, Pewter
$30.00
Polar Ice Bear Spirit Pin
$98.00
Blueberry Sterling Silver Pin/Brooch, Lapis
$90.00
Otter Spirit Pin, Pewter, Mother of Pearl
$30.00
Hummingbird Sterling Silver Pin/Brooch
$95.00
Chickadee Pin, Pewter, Red Jade
$35.00
Moose Spirit Pewter Pin
$30.00
Musk Ox Sterling Silver Spirit Pin/Brooch
$92.00
Polar Bear Sterling Silver Pin/Brooch
$85.00
Heron Spirit Pewter Pin
$30.00
Salmon Sterling Silver Pin/Brooch
$105.00
Dog Sled Sterling Silver Pin with Dog Musher
$49.00
Musk Ox Spirit Pin, Pewter
$30.00
Polar Bear 'I Love A Parade' Pewter Pin
$30.00
Wolf Spirit Pewter Pin
$30.00
Grizzly Bear Spirit Bronze Pin
$45.00
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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(202)
janekc1362

janekc1362 on Dec 6, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I was very happy to find these simple/classic earrrings...they were a replacement for ones I purchased in Norway and I am very happy with the quality and total purchase process.

2456cher

2456cher on Dec 6, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Very, very nice!!! Lovely workmanship! I shall treasure all three pieces!

2456cher

2456cher on Dec 6, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Very, very nice!!! Lovely workmanship! I shall treasure all three pieces!

2456cher

2456cher on Dec 6, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Very, very nice!!! Lovely workmanship! I shall treasure all three pieces!

Ally Potter

Ally Potter on Nov 19, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

These adapters are just perfect! Thank you.

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About

Judie Gumm Designs

Born and raised in upstate New York, Judie was first introduced to the lost wax process of jewelry making in 1970 in Denver, Colorado where she explored her creativity. In 1972, as the single mother of a five year old daughter, Judie relocated to Alaska. While working as a waitress and creating one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces on the side, she attended the University of Alaska where she received her first formal training in metalwork. In 1974, she was recommended by her UAF professors to teach a class in lost wax jewelry for the artist in residence program at Service Hanshew High School in Anchorage, Alaska.

In the early 1980’s, she created the blueberry and cranberry designs out of homesickness while living in Boston, MA. Upon returning to Alaska, a local shop owner recognized the beauty and marketability of her designs and encouraged her to begin a production business. In 1985, she created 30 pieces for her new production line, hired an employee, and began marketing her work through craft and trade shows. Since that time Judie Gumm Designs has expanded to include over 300 pieces and a permanent showroom located in downtown Ester, Alaska. In addition, Judie's work is carried in gift shops and art galleries throughout Alaska and the lower 48 and has been offered through a number of mail order catalogs. She continues to design one of a kind and commission work for clients, some as far away as Saudi Arabia.

Judie continues to hand-design all pieces and is assisted in the production process by one full-time employee. Judie's husband and co-owner, Richard, manages the business's finances. As the business expands, she strives to continue to create distinctive, high quality, nature inspired jewelry.

A note about "custom" orders:
We encourage inquiries about modifying the layout of existing line pieces, however we do not offer full start-to-finish lost wax pieces on request at this time.

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Shop members

  • Judie Gumm

    Owner, Designer

    Born in upstate New York, Judie settled in Alaska in 1972. Largely self taught, she has been designing jewelry for over 40 years and works almost exclusively with precious metals in the lost wax technique.

  • Richard Gumm

    Owner, Business Manager

    Richard traveled extensively as a child finally ending up in Fairbanks, Alaska in 1967. He graduated from UAA in 1975 and has a Masters in Education from Harvard. He joined the business full time in 1988 as both owner and business manager.

  • Leia

    Assistant

    Leia is a former military brat who has lived most of her life, off and on, in Alaska. Trained as a biologist, she lends her jill-of-all-trades knowledge to all aspects of Judie Gumm Designs.

Manufacturers

  • Snell Casting Company

    Grass Valley, CA, United States

    Snell Casting Company is a small casting company specializing in silver. We have been working closely with them for the past 20 years.

  • Hutch's Casting Company

    Albuquerque, NM, United States

    Hutch's Casting Company is a small casting company specializing in silver and bronze lost wax casting. We have been working with them for the past fifteen years.

Shop policies

Last updated on March 12, 2015
Greetings from Alaska and Welcome to Judie Gumm Designs!

I have been designing jewelry in Alaska for over 40 years and work almost exclusively with precious metals in the lost wax technique. I draw inspiration from Nature's own wealth of imagery. I am particularly drawn to capture animals and plants which have a whimsical theme or romantic symbolism. This often challenges me to find that perfect bead or stone which compliments the design in a meaningful way.

Jewelry being a craft, should be well made, durable, and above all else - wearable. But it also can be an art form which magics the wearer with beauty. My goal is to create jewelry hand crafted for a lifetime of enjoyment at an affordable price.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
  • Check
Payment
When ordering please pay in full by check, credit card, money order, or PayPal. Your item will be shipped out once payment is received. We do not charge sales tax.
Shipping
All items are shipped out First Class or Priority through the United States Postal Service. If you have any questions or need an order shipped out by another means, please contact us through the Etsy messaging system.
Refunds and Exchanges
If you are not totally pleased with my jewelry for any reason (no questions asked), simply return your purchase to me unworn within 30 days for a full refund minus the shipping charge. We unconditionally guarantee our work to be free from manufacturing defects for one year from date of purchase. If you would like to exchange a purchase, please message me or call my shop at 800.478.4568.
Additional policies and FAQs
Each jewelry item will be placed in a jewelry box with padding or a silk pouch. It will be carded, placed in a zip-lock bag with a strip of anti-tarnish material included. There is also a small care card with contact information and a short bio on Judie included with each purchase.
Our hook earrings all come with rubber ear-nuts. Our post ear-nuts are hypoallergenic titanium.
All pins come with an "insurance policy" which is a rubber nut slipped on the pin stem once it is attached to the fabric but before the pin catch is closed. This insures the pin will not be lost if the clasp opens.