Estelle Vernon Designs
Located in Alexandria, Virginia, Estelle has been handcrafting jewelry for over 25 years.
Her jewelry designs are influenced by both the visual and the tactile.
Whether it's the leaves on trees, the roughness of tree bark, or the intricacies of Japanese textile design, she distills these images into her jewelry with an elegant simplicity.
Estelle’s work is textural being pleasing to the eye and the hand at the same time, and currently involves several surface techniques. The gold painted work involves melting 14k wire onto the surface of the sterling silver in a painterly fashion and then using an iridescent patina. In another technique, she creates unique textures utilizing original photographs she has taken in our National Parks. She etches the design into a texture plate and then roller prints or embosses the design onto the metal. Each piece of jewelry in the Yellowstone and Bryce series is embellished with 24k gold keum boo accents and then oxidized to fully develop the contrasts between the blackened metal and the gold.
Estelle has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, most notably at a show in Seoul, South Korea in 2005. She has been a member of the Washington Guild of Goldsmiths since 1988 where she was president from 2000 through 2003. She is currently a member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) and is a resident artist at The Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia where her work can be seen in Studio 201, Metallum.
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Equal Merit Award the Art League Student Faculty Show 1999,
Fine Silver PMC Pendant with 24k Keum Boo Accents
Equal Merit Award the Art League Student Faculty Show 2000, Pearls in Motion- Ring
Honorable Mention Fusion 2001, Confetti Brooch-PMC with 24k Keum Boo Accents
Creative Craft Council 28th Biennial Exhibition, June 2011, 2nd Place in Metal
Yellowstone Pendant with Keum Boo