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Last updated on Feb 10, 2016

Imagination born in metal and stone.

J. Mathew Riggs

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J. Mathew Riggs

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I am so excited. A lot of the materials I get are already shaped to some degree. Wire and sheet can cost 50% more than just raw silver. I'm looking forward to making more of this from scratch.

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  • Bezel set amethyst ring.

    $79.00

  • About

    I'm a dwarf trapped in a 6'4" body.

    One of my grandfather's did a lot of lapidary work, the other came from a long line of blacksmiths. Neither of these things really registered with me in a significant way until about 5 years ago. Reading a science magazine I came across an article on how we were able to grow rubies by taking the materials that ruby is made up of and basically getting a furnace hot enough to melt them into stone. So after poking around on the internet I found somebody selling them and bought a few for curiosities sake. As soon as I got my first few I was hooked. My dwarven DNA said I needed more, and different stones too! About 3 orders later my brain kicked in and said, "Mat you're spending a lot of money on pretty things to look at that you don't even look at that often since you keep it in a locked chest in the back of a cave guarded by 3 troglodytes."
    It didn't take long to wrestle my artistic and creative drive in that direction and figured that if I started making things with them it would be good justification to acquire more. With what little I was able to sell I was able to take a class buys some tools, and start to collect lapidary supplies.(Pretty expensive stuff and my family sold off my grandfather's equipment when he passed.) I found better suppliers and have been increasing production ever since. Very soon I'll be listing some stones that I tumbled set in silver, and I hope to expand into leather work, and gold soon.

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    • J. Mathew Riggs

      Owner

      When I was young I read through my grandpappy's lapidary magazines and saw that scientists could actually melt the materials to make ruby. When I got a bit older, and some extra money I bought some rubies that were the size of my thumb. I was hooked.

    Production partners

    • Silver supplier From KC gem and mineral show.

      Kansas City, MO

      Supplies purchased at trade show to go with my pendants.

    Shop policies

    Last updated on April 4, 2017
    Hey, thanks for checking out my shop. If you see something you like great, let me know. If you don't, well, tell me what you'd like to see.

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    • Visa
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    • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
    Returns and exchanges
    I'll cover the costs if it's my bad, even if it's not I'll work something reasonable out with you.
    Payment
    Cash, diamonds, gold nuggets, platinum bars, silver, or paypal.
    Shipping
    Can upgrade shipping if needed. If buying from outside the United States buyer will have to cover any import or customs fees.
    Additional policies and FAQs
    If you see a stone or setting you like and would like to swap it for another let me know. I normally have to have multiple hues and sizes.