Welcome to Lava Glow Jewelry, I am Jan Maitland artist and owner of my exclusive shop of one-of-a-kind unique and elegant gilded gold and silver lava jewelry.
Looking back, I clearly remember my very first jewelry purchase. Sure, I received gifts, and my mom started a charm bracelet for me, but it was saved babysitting money toward a ring when my passion for jewelry really began. Oh, how wonderful and special I felt wearing that momentous piece! Through the years my collecting jewelry has always been exciting, and that fascination grew for me to study and learn the techniques and processes I use for gilding with gold leaf, metalsmithing, and beading.
As a long time Oregon pastel artist, and having worked for years as an fine art painter, I found the artist in me was also attracted to other art forms.
20 plus years ago, I was totally inspired and drawn toward reverse painting and gilding on glass during a visit to master glass artist Marco Toso Borella, in Murano, Italy. Back home, I looked for artists working in precious metal leaf, and studied water gilding in San Francisco with renowned gilder, Frances Federer. I loved the fine craft of gilding and, with my love for jewelry, created lavish nugget-like beads. By applying the ancient techniques of gilding gold and silver on lava stone, I created unique jewelry. It was an “aha moment” for direction, development, originality, and innovation. The jewelry has a luxurious rustic chic look for the woman who enjoys being noticed as both gracious, grounded, elegant, and strong. My jewelry looks opulent, but is affordable, and women have come to me to design custom commissions for special occasions such as concerts, weddings, anniversaries, and holiday gifts for loved ones. My jewelry pieces are in private collections across the US and as far as Australia.
My jewelry has been represented in several galleries in Oregon and Hawaii, and I am a member of Society of Gilders, and retain Signature Memberships in the Pastel Society of the West Coast, Northwest Pastel Society, Associate Member of Pastel Society of America, and Portrait Society of America.
Mesmerizing and unique one-of-a-kind jewelry for you or for a meaningful and loving gift presented in a stylish box with bow. I would especially enjoy working with you on a customized piece that suits your own unique style and artistic taste.
Lava Glow Jewelry
Thank you for your appreciation of my work. . . Jan
This is where you will find my gilded lava jewelry. http://www.lavaglowjewelry.com
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