phbeads' Shop Announcement

Artisan jewelry made by hand in the USA by Monica Lara using traditional goldsmithing techniques. PhBeads studio is moving at the end of August! Shop will be closed for new orders after August 20 in order to pack up and move. Re-opening to be announced in the Fall.

Rustic, ancient, nature-inspired, organic. Artisan designed jewelry inspired by everything from ancient relics and futuristic post-apocalyptic worlds to vampires and fairies.

I am a full time Professor of Marine Biology with a minor in geology. Fossils and crystals were what set me on my career path in science. Ancient worlds and magical processes that produced these remnants of a time lost to history. Unearthed artifacts of civilizations that vanished leaving mysteries of how they were made; the artistic inspiration of an early people. These things intrigue and inspire us. We struggle to be happy in a modern world and yet the tug of our hidden path through history seems to shout out from our DNA. My work, in reflecting these ancient patterns, artistic styles and ancient goldsmithing processes do much to satisfy this missing, organic, wrought by hand, spiritual, symbolic and intimate need. If you find my work appealing and intriguing then I have succeeded in connecting to this in you.

Made of primarily recycled gold and silver, I produce all of my work myself from start to finish using only traditional and ancient techniques such as lost wax casting, hand forming, forging, finishing and stone setting. Each piece is created individually and clearly shows the maker's hand. I have been a jeweler for many years and I hold my work to a high standard of quality and workmanship and stamp every piece I produce with my name. My pieces may have a vintage or indeed, ancient, look but they are engineered to work in a modern, practical life combining with contemporary styles and a busy and active life. I answer to an ancient call but we live in a modern world.

I make jewelry that's a little different. Contemporary, yet somehow as old as the universe. Organic and full of texture but never overwrought, my designs are tightly edited until they're just perfect. Streamlined, modern, yet organic and found somewhere in the depths of our collective human memory.

Each piece is made especially for you when you order so please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery of a custom made piece of jewelry. Rush orders are sometimes possible but incur a 20% rush charge.

Most items are CUSTOM made so PLEASE take a look at my PROFILE for info on sizing, gemstones, techniques, production time, downpayment policies etc. I take special requests for stones and customization of designs. I may be able to use your old gold jewelry to make you one of my cast rings starting at $180.

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