Inspired by the romance of nature and the wildlife of her Western New England studio, Constance creates intricate jewels in silver and gold. Constance has a degree in sculpture, which comes in handy when she designs and makes miniature works of art. Some of her pieces have been accented with colorful gems and diamonds, and others with the ancient technique of Keum-Boo, in which 24 karat gold is fused to fine silver. Constance’s feminine jewels have been featured in Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar magazines.
An award-winning jeweler, Thea has been designing and creating jewelry since 1991. Thea is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design (BFA 1991) and through the years, she has designed jewelry for well-known brands including Isaac Mizrahi and Swarovski.
In 1998, Thea was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Grant to explore the Divine Feminine in Painting and Sculpture in Florence, Italy. This concept includes the essence of a woman's quiet strength, wisdom and nurturing qualities that still influence Thea's design sense to this day.
Dance and music are a big part of Thea's life outside her studio.
Her current collection is handmade using 22K Gold fused with Sterling Silver, adding a luminous glow from interior spaces, which you will appreciate as the piece moves and catches the light when you wear it.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Thea and her son now call Rhode Island home, where she works in her studio located in Hope Artiste Village.
"I want my jewelry to inspire courage, beauty, and joy in the women who wear it."
Tom Kruskal graduated from Harvard University with a degree in design. He works in the highest quality precious metals, exploring linear forms in space. The ancient appeal of forged metal is grounded in simple forms that are light yet strong -- the essence of wearability.
Tom collaborated for twelve years with sculptor Dmitri Hadzi in the construction of major sculptural fountains that reach several stories in height. A talented musician, Tom plays several different instruments. His jewelry studio is located in Massachusetts.
“My goal is to create designs that are full of movement and grace – a compliment to the wearer’s spirit.”
Susan Mahlstedt has always been interested in both nature and architecture, and particularly in how they can work together. Solving technical challenges in order to create the look and vision she wants keeps Susan constantly intrigued. She enjoys fabricating with metals and uses many techniques such as hand saw piercing, roller embossing, hammer texturing, and surface drilling to suggest a night sky or landscape. Often the interior of the piece is layered to create dimension and contrast in metal color and finishes.
"My jewelry expresses the peaceful and ethereal qualities of nature. A small respite for the wearer in her everyday busy life."