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Welcome to Cara Wolff Designs: Unique Handmade Artisan Jewelry ~ silver, gold, gemstones, beads, & pearls
ABOUT MY JEWELRY:
I hand form all pieces of jewelry using only high quality materials that are carefully crafted into beautiful, original, works of art. All designs are original and many of my pieces are one-of-a-kind. I use an acetylene torch to solder metal and hand burnishing techniques to set stones. All metal used is nickel free.
Hello, my name is Cara Wolff Meinke. I grew up in Connecticut and come from a family of artists. I have always had a passion for jewelry and gemstones - when I was a little girl I loved going to the Museum of Natural History in New York City and looking at all of the amazing rocks and gemstones - so many different colors, textures, and shapes. Although I pursued a career in science (I work professionally as a wildlife biologist), I have always loved jewelry and have merged my love for the natural world into a side career of making jewelry from the natural elements of the earth: metal and stone.
I have been making jewelry since 1990. I started in high school using simple composition of beads on string and metal. During graduate school at Humboldt State University, I was lucky enough to take two semesters of metalworking classes with artist Kris Patzlaff during which I became fascinated with the process of forming metal using fire and various tools, changing them from simple materials into works of art that had a story and character of their own. I continued taking metalworking classes for fun in several other places I lived after graduate school - Boise, Idaho; Portland, Maine (at the Maine College of Art); and most recently Denver, Colorado.
Designing and making jewelry is a wonderful balance to my career as a biologist - it allows me to use the creative side of my brain and to work with my hands to create beautiful, tangible works of art. My style is continually evolving and changing, guided by the day to day beauty I see in the natural world.
Thanks for your interest ♥,
Cara Wolff Meinke