About Ashton Jewelry
The Lure of Handmade
There is inherent value in handmade jewelry. It takes an incredible amount of time to produce just one piece of jewelry, and each piece receives the utmost attention to detail.
The Raw Materials
Bold and graceful, my jewelry is handcrafted and custom made from recycled fine silver (999), sterling silver (925), 18k and 24k gold. The diamonds, sapphires and other precious
gemstones are ethically sourced. Leftover materials go into a scrap jar and are melted and reused to create other pieces of jewelry.
The Etching Process
Etching is a process using a resist and acid to add textures and designs to metal. After
melting, hammering, forming and cleaning the piece, I use a pancake griddle, computer circuit board paper or asphaltum and an acid bath to etch and create distinct designs incised in the metal. The process takes several days to complete.
I am a Colorado jeweler who fell in love with metalsmithing in high school, winning an award for one of my first pieces. An MBA, consulting career, and two children later; I returned to my artistic craft and focus upon making stylish & elegant jewelry that I enjoy wearing. Enjoy!