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I was born in Germany and immigrated to Canada in 1958. I have been a Bermuda resident since 1983.

In 1991 I took a beginner’s course in stained glass. My first projects were two window panels for my apartment and a lampshade for my kerosene lamp. I have shown my work in Bermuda at City Hall (1992), at various shows at the arts Centre in Dockyard, and at the Festival of Arts in Dockyard (1992 & 1993). I have worked on commissions for private homes and my work has been mentioned in Bermuda Homes & Gardens magazine (Sept/Oct 1995 edition). I took first place in the adult category in the Masterworks first annual “Grand Arts Festival by the Sea” art competition. In the summer of 2000 one of my mosaics was shown at Carifesta in St. Kitts.

Having been working with stained glass for a number of years and having so many pieces of beautiful scrap glass too pretty to trash, I started making jewellery from it. I am a self taught wire artist. My jewellery is fashioned from shells, gemstones, seaglass, coins, fossils, gemstones, beads and crystals. You will find a wide variety of gemstone pendants, shell and seaglass pendants, Bermuda coin pendants, bracelets, anklets, necklaces, earrings, and even tiny bottles filled with pink Bermuda sand. All set in sterling silver or 14K gold-filled wire. I cannot really pin down what inspires me to create each unique piece, when I have the stone or whatever it is in my hands, everything just falls into place.

All earwires are hand-made either in sterling silver or 14K gold-filled wire and are nickel free and lead free.

In 2005 I opened my own shop in the Clocktower Mall, Dockyard, Bermuda. Working seven days a week I found that I could not be as creative as I would like to be. In January 2011 I closed my shop to be free to be more creative in my work and produce more unique pieces. Now I show off and sell my work on this website.

Also look for me on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/clwireartjewelry
and Twitter
https://twitter.com/CLWireart

What is Gold-filled?

Gold Filled - this term refers to a material that It is made by forming a tube of gold and filling the tube with a base metal, usually jeweler's brass. The resulting ingot is rolled or drawn to make sheet and wire. The value of gold-filled is greater than gold-plated because gold-filled has an actual layer of 14 karat gold, not just a microscopic film. Are rolled gold and 14K gold-filled the same? Yes, they are, but because many people think gold-filled is plated gold, and it is not, many wire artists are using the term rolled gold. Whether it’s rolled gold or gold-filled, they offer all the characteristics of solid gold, at a much lower price.

Gold-filled jewellery will last a lifetime

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What is a semi-precious stone?

The two terms precious and semi-precious are not widely used these days. The designation began in part because diamond, ruby, sapphire and emerald were taxed at a higher rate than other gemstones. Many people think semi-precious indicates a gem of lesser value and hardness, which is not true, and the main reason why the term semi-precious is no longer widely used.

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What is a gemstone?

A gemstone is a stone used for personal adornment that is beautiful, durable, and stable. Beauty is based on colour, luster, transparency, or cutting and shaping with lapidary techniques. Durability is the resistance to damage and is dependent on hardness and tenacity. Tenacity is the resistance to bending and breaking, while hardness measures the resistance to scratching. Stability refers to the gem's ability to retain colour in spite of heat, light, or chemical changes.