This site is dedicated to my hand -crafted jewelry. I use Sterling Silver as well as high quality hand-picked stones to enhance my rings, earrings, pendants and bracelets.
Repurposing found objects has become the recent focus of my designs. I am cutting up old porcelain plates and setting vintage cufflinks and buttons, giving my work a distinctive and one-of-a-kind look.
Please enjoy my site and feel free to email me with any questions.
thanks , Shano
In the winter of 1973 I found myself digging rocks in the desert outside Tucson , AZ . My buddy Greg introduced me to prospecting and cutting stone cabochons from the natural minerals.
The following spring while selling my stones at a Tucson street fair , I met my jeweler friend Neil . In exchange for some of my cut stones he taught me how to make my first ring in silver. Forty -five years later I realize that was my only lesson in silversmithing.
The very next week I found myself hitchhiking to San Francisco to become a street artist by Fisherman's Wharf. My first showcase was a Volkswagen windshield I pulled from a dumpster.
I am a self-taught jeweler working in precious metal and stones . Several years back with the help of my friend and colleague Tom Finneran , we started cutting up old porcelain dishes as well as vintage glass ,buttons and found objects to bezel set into my pieces.
Working with sheet and wire , I use an acetylene torch and various hand tools to construct my pieces.
My work can be seen at Fine Art Shows across America as well as my E-Commerce sites
I never considered myself a jeweler , I just got very comfortable at expressing myself through this medium . Somehow the " Merchant Monk" part becomes secondary . As time passes ,I realize on a deeper level this is my path of making a heart to heart connection with you all.
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