Necklace and Bracelet in Sterling and Branch Coral

November 7, 2008

My kids and I had the great fortune to spend some of the past summer in San Carlos, Mexico. We snorkeled almost every day in the Sea of Cortez which is a rich body of water. We saw more sea life than I have ever seen outside of an aquarium. I have always wanted to use sea […]

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Ring in Platinum set with Diamond and Garnet

November 6, 2008

This beautiful garnet came form my favorite source for colored stones, Jeff Graham, . Jeff would stop by every week and tempt me with his stone of the week. These stones were cut by Jeff himself and he would cut them to test a new design so I had first crack at many of original […]

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Ring in Platinum set with Aquamarine and Diamond

November 5, 2008

Jeff Graham, ,knows that my daughter’s birthstone is aquamarine. He would purposely, from my perspective, cut beautiful aqua’s because he knew I would have to buy it. I also just love aqua, I love Morganite and Rose de France amethyst for the same reason. They all have a wonderful understated beauty to them. The […]

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Cast of Characters, Dick Barber

November 4, 2008

I met Dick Barber at The Drawing Studio when he signed up for my jewelry class. Dick had taken many metalsmithing classes before mine so he was not new to the craft. The Drawing Studio in Tucson is a wonderful art school. It is not degree oriented but is more of a studio atmosphere with […]

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Ring in Platinum and 18K Red Gold set with Ruby

November 4, 2008

I made this ring for the 1999 Tucson Museum of Art show. I bought this fantastic ruby from Jeff Graham, , who I had been doing lots of business with during this time. This was before was aware of the problems in Burma. Now I have a piece of Maw Sit Sit from Burma that […]

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Necklace in 18K Gold and Tourmaline

November 3, 2008

This beautiful red/pink tourmaline was from the lot I have written about which I bought from Jeff Graham, This necklace is a distillation of my grandfather’s vine designs. My grandfather worked in a larger scale with this vine motif than I do. I feel it is more current to have simpler pieces, more present […]

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TMA Catalog 1999

October 31, 2008

One day in late 1998 I was visited by a woman who I didn’t know who told me that my family had received the Stonewall Foundation art show a the Tucson Museum of Art. It was to be a three generation show for my grandfather, Frank Patania, Sr., my dad, Frank Patania, Jr. and myself. […]

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Pendant in 18K Gold set with Tourmaline

October 30, 2008

This is one of my box form pendants. I made this in 18K gold and set it with tourmaline cabs I got from Jeff Graham, and Jeff’s specialty is tourmaline. I set one of his green tourmalines in the 18K white gold bracelet that the Smithsonian took. Living in Tucson has it’s advantages. Tucson […]

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Pendant in 18K White and Yellow Gold set with Sugilite

October 29, 2008

This Sugilite I bought rough and cut myself. Originally this was a single long triangle stone. I somehow broke it so I re cut it into the two stones pictured. Unfortunately I am unable to photograph it to get the color correct. It is too dark in the photo but monkeying around with the color […]

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Pendant in 18K set with #8 Spiderweb Turquoise and Diamond

October 28, 2008

I made this pendant earlier this year with the #8 Spider Web which I have written about before. It was the last lot of turquoise my grandfather bought before he died in 1964. Much of this lot of turquoise is cut in triangle shapes which is due to the way this turquoise grows. These pieces […]

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