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R Strange & Co. Glyptics and Intaglio

New Mexico, United States On Etsy since 2016

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R Strange & Co. Glyptics and Intaglio

New Mexico, United States | 351 Sales

Announcement    Welcome! I do this part-time! Average wait-list for custom items is a minimum of one month. Most intaglio shops ask for three. Sending me your own a ring with a stone, or ordering just a stone, may yield faster service. Rush orders can be made possible, for a premium. Read more:

I also have a separate Clearance Shop that is nothing but ready to ship items! https://www.etsy.com/shop/RStrangeMetalsmith

My work is primitive and rustic. I do with one hand what the masters do with two. I have yet to install a laser in my hand, but times do change, in any case my engravings are imperfect, done with simple tools, and are more like ancient intaglio than the crisp precision technology has provided.



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Est. 2016

FAQ FAQ FAQ FAQ FAQ

How do I request a custom item?

Visit this page: https://www.etsy.com/listing/465696399/custom-gem-intaglio-engraving-any-size or start a convo from any item.

Did you make it yourself / is it handmade?

This is a gem engraving service, I do almost everything myself in a small workshop in a remote mountain village. I started making jewels while working for a bronze sculpture foundry in Los Angeles circa 2008. I’m self taught and it’s been moonlight and DIY most of the way. My goal was to be able to work wherever I wished, so I selected the most portable craft I could think of doing.

Can I give you a design, or have something engraved on my jewelry?

Yes! I created this business as a way for people to have a moment to really be involved in making something tangible from raw materials. You are welcome to send me your artwork, or I can create it with your description. You can send me your blank gemstone in a ring, or I can help you find one whether I make it or not. This is about enjoying something strange together.

Can you do a full coat of arms with pennants and the rest?

That can be a bit out of my league. My gem engraving has been described as primitive, and it is more in line with ancient methods of crafting and design. It’s rustic and freehand, and it has a ‘lower limit’ determined by tooling. So the very precise heraldry on those tiny 15mm ringstones carved by the master gem engravers is something I am not able to approach just yet. But browsing my shop will clearly demonstrate the level of detail and skill that is available. The good news is that this makes my engravings about 1/3 of the price of such shops.

May I buy just the gem? Do you have a batch discount?

For all shop examples, I can offer the engraved gems alone, for you to collect or have installed by your own jeweler, or I can set it in the jewel of your choice, or I offer wholesale discount to designers ordering multiples of 4 or more.

Are these reproductions?

Each of my designs is intentionally divergent from known historical examples in some way. I sign my gems, and under a microscope or checked against catalogs they can be confirmed to be modern, so these are not suitable as fake antiquities any more than a photocopy of a dollar bill would be. As far as the ethics, everything I present in the shop I consider to be part of my own path, so it’s personal. My only goal is to produce nourishing, inspiring, educational objects.

It is hard to authenticate an ancient gem however, so to designers and retailers let my shop be a warning that point of sale assessment is really tough. While the average price of a decent ancient gem at auction can fetch $5k, let my incredible bargain prices, for I am just an engraver, help you realize the risks and recommend you use a certification service. I am always willing to help authenticate with what knowledge I have about historical gems.

What is your specialty?

I specialize in ancient intaglio themes just from looking at a lot of them I suppose, but I am always trying to focus on new imagery as well. My main exposure is 5th Century BC to 5th CE subjects. I think that the material culture of ancient gems from this time period offers vital, tangible context for the roles Africa, Asia, and a range of nomads and maritime trading networks, played in the creation of Western culture. A role that has historically been downplayed, not only through biases, but also by scarcity of literature and research on many of the themes until very recently. It’s like a lost chapter to some legendary epic has just washed up from the sea. Jewels are often overlooked to one’s own deficit, because they carry a strong burden of daily meaning, because they are physically touched. The gems are also an early chapter in the history of modern medicine and a neglected field in the history of magic.

For visual browsing, my Pinterest boards contain a more global range of intaglio examples, from Minoan to post-Antique, visit here: https://pin.it/6IFLGO9

Other sources: The Cornell collection is a good starting place, and the Getty Museum has a display room of them, as well as an online catalog - just search for Engraved Gem.

I’d also search out Ancient Coins in general, for more studied examples of intaglio, because they were also the work of glyptographers in those days, carving intaglio coin impressions directly into the metal dies.

I can buy a signet ring with my own design online for $10.

Sure, it's never been cheaper to order a wax seal or signet ring overseas, one that is completely made by computer and robot. But those are like items you buy at the gift shop from an amusement park... if you don't mind your piece being made by the same factory that creates key chains and mugs with corporate logos, the prices automation has brought can't be beat.

My work is the real thing, and the character of a human hand can be felt in every piece. It's true, it takes me a day or more to do what a robot can replicate in fifteen minutes. And a laser can do things no human hand (at least not my own) can, I am happy to point that out when the artwork calls for it.

Why don’t you discuss magical properties for the gemstones and symbols?

I do it out of respect for the different traditions out there, many of whom tend to overlap in the symbol arena. So my baseline is to just not comment on it, so that you may truly create the gem of your intention, from scratch.

I'm a supporter of Natural Sciences and Human Rights. No claim is made regarding efficacy of subject, symbol or gemstone. Still, reliant upon the earth-bound character of hand carved gems, each jewel is made to deliver a magical experience. My pieces are in museums, and the collections of writers, archaeologists, scholars, psychologists, magicians (of both the stage and the strange), performers, and other artists of considerable variety. My ethic is designed to serve the imagination and let you work out your own meaning, I am humbly just your engraver.

Visit this listing for more details about requesting a gem carving:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/465696399/custom-gem-intaglio-engraving-any-size

Now Accepting Cryptocurrency - Please Inquire

Did you seriously read that whole thing? Wow, you have beautiful eyes.
Thanks again, R.


"There was a gem in the brain of the dragon, Philostratus told us, and 'by the exhibition of golden letters and a scarlet robe' the monster could be thrown into a magical sleep and slain." Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Announcement

Last updated on Jul 10, 2020

Welcome! I do this part-time! Average wait-list for custom items is a minimum of one month. Most intaglio shops ask for three. Sending me your own a ring with a stone, or ordering just a stone, may yield faster service. Rush orders can be made possible, for a premium. Read more:

I also have a separate Clearance Shop that is nothing but ready to ship items! https://www.etsy.com/shop/RStrangeMetalsmith

My work is primitive and rustic. I do with one hand what the masters do with two. I have yet to install a laser in my hand, but times do change, in any case my engravings are imperfect, done with simple tools, and are more like ancient intaglio than the crisp precision technology has provided.



* * *

Est. 2016

FAQ FAQ FAQ FAQ FAQ

How do I request a custom item?

Visit this page: https://www.etsy.com/listing/465696399/custom-gem-intaglio-engraving-any-size or start a convo from any item.

Did you make it yourself / is it handmade?

This is a gem engraving service, I do almost everything myself in a small workshop in a remote mountain village. I started making jewels while working for a bronze sculpture foundry in Los Angeles circa 2008. I’m self taught and it’s been moonlight and DIY most of the way. My goal was to be able to work wherever I wished, so I selected the most portable craft I could think of doing.

Can I give you a design, or have something engraved on my jewelry?

Yes! I created this business as a way for people to have a moment to really be involved in making something tangible from raw materials. You are welcome to send me your artwork, or I can create it with your description. You can send me your blank gemstone in a ring, or I can help you find one whether I make it or not. This is about enjoying something strange together.

Can you do a full coat of arms with pennants and the rest?

That can be a bit out of my league. My gem engraving has been described as primitive, and it is more in line with ancient methods of crafting and design. It’s rustic and freehand, and it has a ‘lower limit’ determined by tooling. So the very precise heraldry on those tiny 15mm ringstones carved by the master gem engravers is something I am not able to approach just yet. But browsing my shop will clearly demonstrate the level of detail and skill that is available. The good news is that this makes my engravings about 1/3 of the price of such shops.

May I buy just the gem? Do you have a batch discount?

For all shop examples, I can offer the engraved gems alone, for you to collect or have installed by your own jeweler, or I can set it in the jewel of your choice, or I offer wholesale discount to designers ordering multiples of 4 or more.

Are these reproductions?

Each of my designs is intentionally divergent from known historical examples in some way. I sign my gems, and under a microscope or checked against catalogs they can be confirmed to be modern, so these are not suitable as fake antiquities any more than a photocopy of a dollar bill would be. As far as the ethics, everything I present in the shop I consider to be part of my own path, so it’s personal. My only goal is to produce nourishing, inspiring, educational objects.

It is hard to authenticate an ancient gem however, so to designers and retailers let my shop be a warning that point of sale assessment is really tough. While the average price of a decent ancient gem at auction can fetch $5k, let my incredible bargain prices, for I am just an engraver, help you realize the risks and recommend you use a certification service. I am always willing to help authenticate with what knowledge I have about historical gems.

What is your specialty?

I specialize in ancient intaglio themes just from looking at a lot of them I suppose, but I am always trying to focus on new imagery as well. My main exposure is 5th Century BC to 5th CE subjects. I think that the material culture of ancient gems from this time period offers vital, tangible context for the roles Africa, Asia, and a range of nomads and maritime trading networks, played in the creation of Western culture. A role that has historically been downplayed, not only through biases, but also by scarcity of literature and research on many of the themes until very recently. It’s like a lost chapter to some legendary epic has just washed up from the sea. Jewels are often overlooked to one’s own deficit, because they carry a strong burden of daily meaning, because they are physically touched. The gems are also an early chapter in the history of modern medicine and a neglected field in the history of magic.

For visual browsing, my Pinterest boards contain a more global range of intaglio examples, from Minoan to post-Antique, visit here: https://pin.it/6IFLGO9

Other sources: The Cornell collection is a good starting place, and the Getty Museum has a display room of them, as well as an online catalog - just search for Engraved Gem.

I’d also search out Ancient Coins in general, for more studied examples of intaglio, because they were also the work of glyptographers in those days, carving intaglio coin impressions directly into the metal dies.

I can buy a signet ring with my own design online for $10.

Sure, it's never been cheaper to order a wax seal or signet ring overseas, one that is completely made by computer and robot. But those are like items you buy at the gift shop from an amusement park... if you don't mind your piece being made by the same factory that creates key chains and mugs with corporate logos, the prices automation has brought can't be beat.

My work is the real thing, and the character of a human hand can be felt in every piece. It's true, it takes me a day or more to do what a robot can replicate in fifteen minutes. And a laser can do things no human hand (at least not my own) can, I am happy to point that out when the artwork calls for it.

Why don’t you discuss magical properties for the gemstones and symbols?

I do it out of respect for the different traditions out there, many of whom tend to overlap in the symbol arena. So my baseline is to just not comment on it, so that you may truly create the gem of your intention, from scratch.

I'm a supporter of Natural Sciences and Human Rights. No claim is made regarding efficacy of subject, symbol or gemstone. Still, reliant upon the earth-bound character of hand carved gems, each jewel is made to deliver a magical experience. My pieces are in museums, and the collections of writers, archaeologists, scholars, psychologists, magicians (of both the stage and the strange), performers, and other artists of considerable variety. My ethic is designed to serve the imagination and let you work out your own meaning, I am humbly just your engraver.

Visit this listing for more details about requesting a gem carving:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/465696399/custom-gem-intaglio-engraving-any-size

Now Accepting Cryptocurrency - Please Inquire

Did you seriously read that whole thing? Wow, you have beautiful eyes.
Thanks again, R.


"There was a gem in the brain of the dragon, Philostratus told us, and 'by the exhibition of golden letters and a scarlet robe' the monster could be thrown into a magical sleep and slain." Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Last updated on Sep 10, 2018
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Gift wrapping and packaging

Gift wrapping is always available. The current offering is red foil with red ribbon.

Wholesale availability

I have very generous wholesale rates for gemstone engraving. Any request for samples will be offered at retail rates.