|Anne Vogt Jewelry
fine handcrafted sterling silver jewelry featuring
rare and unusual gemstones
About the Jewelry
Each piece of my jewelry is
individually constructed using a
fabrication process. That means no
mass production techniques
are used. Instead of creating molds
or assembly line production, I
build each piece from scratch.
The setting construction begins
with creating a thin strip (a
bezel) of silver made to fit each
The backing of the piece is cut out of sterling silver sheet.
Texturing is done with a rolling mill and textured paper
or fabric, or by hammering.
The bezel is soldered onto the base, and then any accessory pieces such as tubing, wire,
or accents are cut out and place on the base. Ear wires, pendant backs, or pin findings
are soldered last. There are 3 types of solder used on any one piece – all with different
flow – or melting – temperatures. This allows me to solder on the bezel, and then attach
other pieces later without the bezel falling off (the first solder used has the highest
temperature flow point).
Once the construction is complete, the stone is set.
Cleanup is a messy and slow process. This is where I first remove any excess solder,
clean up any file marks, or reach hard-to-get areas for pre-polishing.
The Flexible-shaft machine lets me clean, buff, and smooth out bezels.
Buffing and polishing – ugh! My least favorite part! A high speed motor with 2 wheels is
used with various compounds to remove fire scale (a shaded build-up that occurs during
soldering), eliminate scratches, and shine the surfaces. Very dirty work! Yes, I wear a
respirator, protective eye wear, and have a ventilation system.
Once it’s polished to a bright shine, I use an ultrasonic machine to remove the messy compounds.
Sometimes I oxidize a
piece, and I bypass some
of the last of the buffing
process – I like that!! I
treat the finished piece to
create colorful patinas.
The process begins with the stones. My trademark is the
wide array of beautiful rare and unusual stones that I use. I
spend many hours selecting the highest quality, most unique
stones I can find. Many of them are from obscure single
deposits that are scarce or were completely mined out years
ago. Others are unique crystalline (drusy) stones found on
the inside of geodes. I also use rare fossils such as dinosaur
bone, fossilized coral, ammolite, and petrified palm wood. I
do include some more common stones such as onyx,
amethyst, malachite, and turquoise, so there is a more
Where do I get the stones, you ask? My main source has
been professional stone cutters who have approached me at
art fairs over the years. I have learned who carries the rare
drusy stones, who specializes in rare jasper & agates, and
who can find unusual material that I can’t find anywhere
else. These cutters I have known for years and I trust them
to create unique shapes, clean edges, and a great polish. I try not to use many machine-
calibrated, mass produced stones. I also find stones at gem and mineral shows. That is a hit or
miss experience, where a lot of shopping is involved. It’s a fun experience sorting through
dealers of rough rock, beads, fossil tables, carvings, and an occasional good quality stone-
cutter. So, it’s all about the stones for me. I begin with the stones . . . These can be viewed with
descriptions on the