Ricky Bernstein and Elisabeth Cary Our jewelry inspiration is drawn from the ancient beading traditions of cultures from around the world and throughout the ages. We create jewelry that inhances the inherent beauty of our multi-layered, colorful, hand-blown glass beads. Our designs contribute to the timeless tradition of beaded jewelry as valued objects of adornment.
We handcraft beads in the 2000-year old methods of furnace blown glass. The multi-layered effect is achieved through a careful layering process using a colored center to achieve depth. While the 2200 degree glass is formed on the blowpipe the molten glass is stretched to form a 25 foot long tube. The tubes, called “cane”, are cut into small sections and tumbled for 30 hours to soften the edges – much like the tumbling of a shard of beach glass. Each bead is then fire polished to 1350 degrees to achieve clarity, brilliance and durability. Findings are sterling silver and 18K gold vermeil with the addition of cultured, fresh water pearls.
To avoid tarnishing, when you are not wearing our jewelry, keep it out of the air in a zip-lock bag. Should breakage occur, don’t worry … we can fix almost everything. Simply contact us, or Salmon Falls Gallery to arrange for repair.
"When Many Act as One," an installation of 100 felted Pinch Pots