Brenda Smith is revealed as one of the highlights of Tucson 2017 with her unique cultured pearl necklace.
All gemstone and noble metal sculpture and necklace created for the theme, “Light My Fire.” Necklace chain (created from sterling and gold matchsticks), removes from flame, carved from Oregon sunstone. Flame is encased with sterling featuring a 0.5ct diamond at the bottom where the spark ignites the flame. When flame is removed from the chain, […]
“Southern Charm” earrings were inspired by the wrought iron of Charleston and Savannah and the all natural pearls harvested from the Tennessee River. They were hand fabricated in blackened sterling silver with 18k gold leaves plated in 22k gold on 18kwg omega backs. All pearls are from the John Latendress cultured pearl collection.
“Pearls and Lace in Space” bracelet created in mahogany and backed with steel lace pattern. Front is embedded with South Sea and Tahitian pearls. 1st Place in Design Category.
Anywhere you find rivers you can find pearls. That includes all rivers in the United States. John Latendresse started US freshwater cultured pearl farming in 1954. In 1961, John Latendresse founded the American Cultured Pearl Company® Inc. in Camden, Tennessee. The company expanded to Nashville, Tennessee in 1991 after Mr. Latendresse’s death in 2000. He was a […]
The client, Jay, wanted to surprise his girlfriend with this ring during their trip to Europe. She would never suspect the surprise while in Europe. The dandelion had a specific significance to the couple as well as the words, “We got this.” Jay wanted me to photograph the steps as part of the specialness of […]
It was Christmas time and a client called and asked me to create the perfect ring for his soon to be finance´. David knew what he wanted. His girlfriend was a typographer and her favorite character was an ampersand (&). He wanted to create an ampersand ring in yellow gold with diamonds. We met and […]
Two pieces from the collection of Brenda Smith Jewelry,LLC will be part of the “Out of This World, Space Age Jewelry” exhibit at the Wertz Gallery of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania between June 27th, 2015 through January 4th, 2016. You can find the gallery here: Wertz Gallery Carnegie Museum of […]
Kent State University asked me to provide an update as part of a “where are they now ” project to highlight some of the more unique and formidable graphic design graduates from Kent State University. This is what I provided!
After a news report went out that several pairs of my earrings were worn at this yea’s Emmys, I received an email from the editor of the Kent State Alumni magazine wanting to do a piece on me and my work since I graduated from KSU with a BFA degree in design. The news report […]
This article by Brenda Smith originally printed in the Florida Society of Goldsmiths Fall 2014 Newsletter. Please Click on the image to the right to read the article with photos included. The term keshi pearls was first used in early 20th century Japan to describe natural seed pearls. These tiny gems resembled small seeds, and […]
Michael O’Connor’s Style, StyleLab and Red Carpet TV takes an exclusive look at amazing jewelry that celebrities will wear for the 2014 Emmy Awards. Brenda Smith earrings are haled as over-the-top, with a nice young unique take. @stylingspy gives us an exclusive look at the jewelry celebs will be wearing on the red carpet at […]
John Dyer is an Award Winning Stone Cutter with consistent and multiple yearly AGTA Cutting Edge wins every year from 2002 through 2015 and is not slowing down. His stone cutting is unparalleled in the industry and he chose to include my placements of his stones in his design gallery. Brenda had the opportunity to […]
This article was originally found in the Florida Society of Goldsmith Newsletter, Spring 2014. Written by Brenda Smith. Click on the image to obtain the PDF, and read the article complete with images. Pearls are considered a gemstone and have always fascinated me. However, I find myself in good company. Pearls have been collected, cherished, […]
The Roskin Gem News Report documented the donation of a Four Peaks Amethyst by Brenda Smith to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. “I became aware of the Four Peaks Amethyst from my cutter, Darryl Alexander. I researched the mine and stone and was very impressed since I enjoy history and how it […]