About The Process
First and foremost, all of the pieces I offer are recycled precious metals, highly refined, and of US origin. Every step of their creation takes into consideration social and environmental impacts. I source conflict free, traceable stones as well. I utilize a blend of contemporary and traditional metalsmithing techniques, and err on the side of creating pieces which are obviously hand made, versus machine-perfect.
Caring for high carat silver and gold
Fine silver, like gold, is a soft metal that does not tarnish.
Pieces are oxidized as desired with liver of sulfur. Do not use silver polish on your piece unless you want to remove the patina. If your piece begins to look dull, gently but firmly rub with a soft, dry, clean cloth (the corner of a t-shirt works great) to polish and shine. "Moonshine" or "sunshine" type metal polishing cloths are the best option for polishing fine silver.
Avoid subjecting your piece to undue wear and tear - it will last a lifetime or longer if it is well cared for.
Depending on wear, the dark patina will gradually age to plain silver on smooth sections.
About The Artist
Greylock Silver is operated solely by Katherine Edwards (me), a Berkshire County equestrian, naturalist, and silversmith. I do everything from the designing, specimen hunting, to smithing, to the website and order fulfillment. The lost wax casting is done by a wonderful artisan lost-wax casting studio, which has been in operation for longer than I have been alive!
I’ve been collecting gems and minerals, and designing jewelry for over 20 years. My first foray into jewelry design was a sterling silver leaf and emerald ring in 2003. After that I opted to pursue seemingly more pragmatic interests in biology, and the horse industry, co-founding the Andalusian World Cup in Las Vegas, before returning to jewelry design in 2016 in earnest.
I also currently work with a rattlesnake avoidance dog training team in the spring and summer seasons. I draw inspiration from the various places and creatures encountered during outdoor excursions. I also work in graphite, charcoal, watercolors, sculpting, oils, and photography. Just not very seriously.
Learning to work metal is a lifelong pursuit, without limits. I try to continually learn new techniques and approaches to creating, and finding ways to do so responsibly and sustainably.
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