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Jan Peyser

 Jan Peyser

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My penchant for designing personal adornment was born in early childhood, and I have been drawing and creating jewelry since. Graceful, botanical, sculptural, & dynamic designs are my forte, and I create necklaces, earrings, cuffs, bracelets, and rings primarily in ethically sourced, environmentally friendly, Argentium sterling. Some designs are accented with NuGold, pure copper, 14K gf, or 14K gold. I trained at the Mendocino Art Center in northern California, and I have been in business sixteen years. All pieces are made from concept to creation entirely by me. 

Rewards & Honors 

Recognized by England's Argentium International, Ltd. I am honored to be one of the Argentium jewelers from around the world represented in their website "Gallery". (www.argentiumguild.com) I was invited to gift celebrities at the 2016 Academy Awards gifting suite; I accepted & gifted in person, which was an enjoyable and rewarding experience. My jewelry and I were featured in a worldwide, published interview with England's Argentium Silver Guild in 2012. Gift Shop Magazine contacted me in 2010 and featured my Blossom Necklace in their Spring, "On Trend" section highlighting biomorphic and sculptural designs. Received the Award of Excellence at Crocker Park Fine Art Fair, presented by the Michigan Guild. Received a Merit Award from the Midwest Regional Art Exhibit. 

I am inspired by cascading & uplifted forms in nature, the art of dance, the fields, forests, flowers outside my studio in northern Indiana, and whatever catches and pleases my eye when I travel. I love to ballroom dance, and I competed in the late 1990's. A native New Yorker & one-woman-show, I am the owner, designer, silversmith, and business manager of my company. In 2002, after a summer course in silversmithing at the Mendocino Art Center in California, I knew it soon would be time to pursue my dream. A high school English teacher by day, and a midnight jeweler weeknights and weekends, at the end of the 2008 school year, I left my twenty-one year career as a teacher to be a full-time silversmith jeweler. I thoroughly enjoy drawing my designs & turning sheets of metal into sculptural, balanced, & inviting jewelry that conveys the essence of movement & beauty. It is my desire to give that same pleasure to all who see & wear my jewelry.
I work in highly tarnish-resistant Argentium sterling silver (96% fine silver) and traditional sterling (92.5% fine silver), pure copper, pewter, NuGold, and 14K gold. I cut out my original designs, hand-engrave, texture, hand-sculpt, strategically hammer details, hand-roll motifs, hand-forge, solder, fuse, and tumble my jewelry to a permanence of form and function. All edges are polished by hand, and all pieces are tumbled in steel shot for brilliant shine. Several designs are meticulously draped in mixed metals with lustrous freshwater pearls, some have 14K accents, and others have pure copper features or colorful gemstones. I test every piece to be sure it sits comfortably on the body and looks lovely from every angle. I hand-stamp the Argentium® silver hallmark, (a flying unicorn), the sterling .925 hallmark, or 14K, and my name, on the designs.