In July, Stacey traveled to Louisiana and spent a week studying under private instruction with master hand engraver Sam Alfano. This opportunity has allowed her to dive deeper into the passion that drives all of her work in the studio; understanding and mastering traditional techniques of old world jewelers
The term engraving refers to incising a design into a hard flat surface by cutting grooves into it. Engraving is one of the oldest forms of art in existence. There are many prehistoric examples of engraved patterns on bone or ivory as well as petroglyphs from around the world.
In the Middle ages goldsmiths mastered the techniques of engraving to add decoration to their metalwork. What we think of as engraving onto metalwork such as weaponry, jewelry or musical instruments is now commonly referred to as hand engraving. Today a majority of engraving is done using milling type machinery, lasers or computer aided engraving machines. However a skilled master engraver can create such unique detail in a piece, that it can never be copied or duplicated, which is why banknotes are almost always created by hand engravers.
As Stacey returns to the studio this fall with new knowledge and skills, she is able to offer her clients a rare service in hand engraved designs. We are excited to expand our fine jewelry offerings and look forward to new and exciting projects this fall.