Handmade jewelry with unusual stones, fossils & shells using traditional metalsmith & lapidary methods. Michele Ross is mostly self-taught but over the years she has studied with several talented jewelry instructors to expand her knowledge and elevate her work in metalsmithing, lapidary & other jewelry and metal techniques. Creatively, her jewelry is inspired by the stone element itself and she is driven to find creative ways of elevating natural objects into wearable art – enabling the wearer to enjoy the piece and at the same time, express their own singular personal style. Michele’s vision is to work with uncommon natural materials with recurring themes; -star shapes, layered stones, ammonites, shells, coral, pyrite, included quartz, geodes, metallic stones and turquoise. Ross grew up in WV, attended Marshall University studying Marketing and spent over 25 years in the hotel hospitality and meetings industry.
The work represented here is available for purchase by contacting Lynnette Newberry. Please specify the artist and piece by name. Purchases made online through November 6 (by 4pm) will be available for pick up at the on campus Holiday Fair event, which will be held November 7 & 8 from 10am-4pm.
Corvetteite (otherwise known as Fordite) is made from the paint runoff from the Corvette assembly line. Layers of paint that result in amazing patterns when cut and polished on lapidary wheels. This particular material is from the Corvette plant in Kentucky. The pendant is made with fine silver bezel, sterling silver hammered back plate, sterling silver ball chain with sterling lobster clasp and Shiny Objects makers mark charm. Shiny Objects makers mark stamped on the back of the pendant. Necklace length: 18” with 1-1/5” extender chain. Pendant Dimensions: Length: 37.8 mm; Width: 17.53mm; Depth: 5.5mm
Corvetteite (otherwise known as Fordite) is made from the paint runoff from the Corvette assembly line. Layers of paint that result in amazing patterns when cut and polished on lapidary wheels. This particular material is from the Corvette plant in Kentucky. The ring is made with fine silver bezel, sterling silver back plate and band. The band is rounded wire which is very comfortable to wear. Stone Dimensions: 29.6mm x 17.45mm x 6.63mm
Corvetteite & Garnet Necklace
Corvetteite (otherwise known as Fordite) is made from the paint runoff from the Corvette assembly line. Layers of paint that result in amazing patterns when cut and polished on lapidary wheels. This particular material is from the Corvette plant in Kentucky. The pendant is made from heavy gauge sterling silver wire, chain with hand-forged hook clasp and backplate. Shiny Objects makers mark stamped on the back of the pendant. Necklace length: 18” plus length of pendant. Main Stone Dimensions: Length: 43.3mm; Width: 37.7mm; Depth: 5mm. Garnet Link Dimensions: Length: 21mm; Width: 8.6mm; Depth: 5mm
Spiny Oyster Sunshine Ring
A bright orange spiny oyster cabochon is set in a thick bezel with sunshine rays stamped all around including a heavy gauge sterling stamped band. Spiny oyster shell is harvested from the Gulf of California and once polished can be varying colors or orange to purple. Size: 8
Dimensions: 26mm x 22mm x 8mm Band: 4mm wide x 2mm thick
Turquoise free form cabochon with a glowing Aquaprase dangling droplet both bezel set in fine silver and backed with sterling silver. These gorgeous teal blues compliment each other and are perfect for summer or anytime! Necklace is on a 18-1/4” sterling silver chain with handmade sterling hook clasp and sterling silver Shiny Objects makers mark charm. The back of the turquoise pendant is cut out so you can see the pattern of the stone. This also makes the pendant light weight. Pendant total length is 59mm; Width: 31mm; Depth: 4.6mm
Ethiopian Opal Bracelet & Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Bracelet
Amazing color in this turquoise and opal bracelet! Bracelets and rings are jewelry for the wearer to enjoy – you will love gazing at this bracelet all day. The turquoise beads are genuine Sleeping Beauty with its classic bright, light blue color. The opal beads are treated (smoked) Ethiopian opal with lovely fire. Opal & Turquoise Bracelet is mostly opal beads with 4 Sleeping Beauty turquoise beads, sterling silver lobster clasp and accent beads on each end. Opal bead dangle in extender. Sterling charm with stamped Shiny Objects makers mark. Length: 7” with extender to 8”. Beads: opals are 5.6 to 6mm, turquoise is 6mm to 6.5mm
Pyrite cube in Schist Matrix
Natural raw surface. This stone is found in Vermont. The cabochon is bezel set in fine silver with sterling silver hand hammer textured back plate and hangs from an oxidized sterling foxtail chain. Chain: 17” adjustable to 19”. Pendant total length: 26.50mm; Width: 34mm; Depth: 6.85mm
Golden Hills Turquoise Necklace
With hand hammered texture echoing the patterns in this colorful natural turquoise stone. The cabochon was hand cut and polished by Shiny Objects and is natural non-treated turquoise. The pendant is hammer set in a fine silver bezel and sterling back plate. The chain is 3mm sterling silver rolo chain with a lobster clasp and turquoise charm accenting the end of the chain. The chain is 20” but can be easily adjusted shorter. Shiny Objects makers mark stamp enhances the back of the pendent. Golden Hills is a rare lavender color for turquoise and comes from a deposit in the Altyn Tyube mine in Kazakhstan. These stunning gems have a light blue hue to them, and a reddish, burnt brown matrix. Golden Hills is highly sought after. Stone length: 24.6mm; Width: 22.2mm; Depth: 7mm
Drusy Fossil Shell Leather Choker Necklace
Incredible natural crystal covered drusy shell fossil hangs from Greek leather cords and hand-hammered sterling silver rings with chain and hook closure, oxidized to bring out the texture. The necklace is adjustable with a hook and extender chain links and sterling silver charm with the stamped Shiny Objects makers mark. Like wearing a tiny natural history exhibit on a chain. One-of-a-kind jewelry for one-of-a-kind you! Dark Brown Leather with a sterling hook clasp and heavy gauge alloy metal extender chain, three 3mm leather cords. Necklace Length: adjustable from 15” to 17”; Shell length: 55mm; Drop Length: 92mm; Width: 36mm; Depth: 22.8mm
Drusy Chrysocolla Necklace
Gorgeous minty turquoise drusy chrysocolla specimen with a sparkling sheen is set in fine silver on a sterling silver backplate and bordered by sterling silver beaded wire. The pendant has been oxidized to highlight the textures. The sterling rolo chain has a lobster clasp with sterling charm stamped with the Shiny Objects makers mark. Necklace length: 18”; Pendant total length: 32mm; Width: 18mm; Depth: 6mm
Faceted Dendritic Opal Cuff
Dendritic Opal is an opalized agate from Turkey. The stone in this cuff has a translucent area that glows next to the white and purple tones of the faceted cabochon. The stone is set in fine silver with sterling silver backing. The cuff is a heavy gauge sterling silver that has been hand hammered for a sparkling texture.
Inside cuff measures 5-1/2” with 1” opening (slightly adjustable – only adjust the ends of the cuff in or out without moving the metal near the stone) Stone: Length: 33.30mm; Width: 20.28mm; Depth: 5.57mm; Cuff Wire: 4.22mm x 2mm
Tourmalated Quartz Faceted Pendant
Rose-cut, faceted tourmalated quartz crystal necklace. Tourmalated Quartz is quartz that has formed with needle like crystals of black tourmaline. This stone is remarkable because of its size and mass of the needles of tourmaline in ice clear quartz. The stone has been bezel set in fine silver with sterling silver backplate on an oxidized sterling box chain with lobster clasp. Shiny Objects stamped makers mark on sterling charm is included at the clasp. Pendant total length including bail is 45.85mm; Stone length: 38mm; Width: 16.25mm;
Geode Drop Earrings
Tabasco geodes are mini geodes from Tabasco, Mexico. Geodes are dug out of rock in tiny nodules and sliced in two to reveal the surprise of crystal drusy inside. I drill holes into each of the slices and hang on soldered sterling silver hoops. These sparkly gray drusy filled baby geodes are hanging from sterling silver castings of dogwood tree buds that have been oxidized to enhance the textures. Post earrings with oversized sterling silver earring backs (7.5mm). Total earring length: 39.65mm; Drop Length: 28.5mm; Tree bud casting posts: 12.52mm x 11mm. Each geode is approximately 22.5mm x 7.5mm
Oxidized Sterling Silver 24K Kuembo Earrings
Kuembo is an ancient Korean gilding method of applying thin sheets of gold to silver. These sterling silver disks have been roller printed with a unique sun ray texture and lightly dapped to create a 3D effect. The 24K Gold
has a rich texture that glistens as the earring move and dangle.
Total length: 32.76mm; Silver disks: 23.11mm; Drop from posts: 26.94mm
Geode Drop Earrings
Tabasco geodes are mini geodes from Tabasco, Mexico. These are sparkly dark gray (almost black) drusy filled baby geodes. They hang from oxidized sterling silver chain and ball posts with oversized sterling silver earring backs (7.5mm). Total earring length: 62.39mm; Posts: 6mm;
Drop Length: 57.41mm. Each geode is approximately
24.22mm x 15.6 x 5mm
Agatized Ammonite Fossil Necklace
A Moroccan Ammonite is drilled as a bead and hangs on an oxidized sterling silver foxtail chain with lobster clasp and sterling charm with the stamped Shiny Objects makers mark. Like wearing a tiny natural history exhibit on a chain.
Necklace Length: 17.5” extending to 19.5”. Pendant length: 36.76mm; Width: 33mm;
Bronze Baroque Pearl Y Necklace
Oxidized sterling silver with Swarovski crystal accents to highlight the iridescent bronze pearl. This necklace can be dressed up or down – very versatile! Necklace measures 16”. Drop is just over 2.5”. Sterling silver chain with lobster clasp and Shiny Objects sterling makers mark charm
Agatized Ammonite Fossil Necklace
A Moroccan Ammonite Fossil is set in a scalloped bezel and hangs on an oxidized heavy gauge sterling silver textured chain with lobster clasp and sterling charm with the stamped Shiny Objects makers mark.
Like wearing a tiny natural history exhibit on a chain.
A one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry. Necklace Length: 19”; Pendant length: 50.5mm including bail; Width: 29mm; Depth: 4.5mm
Resin used in making surfboards! This surfite came from California. Colorful and unique with transparent and opaque stripes of layers of resin runoff from surfboard construction. The surfite cabochon is bezel set in fine silver, backed with sterling silver with hand hammer textured sterling ring band in a heavy gauge. Surfite cabochon was cut by Shiny Objects and is genuine non-treated surfboard resin from CA. Shiny Objects makers mark stamp on back. Size: 10.5;
26mm x 26.3mm x 5.9mm
Turquoise Totem Ring
Blue Moon Turquoise from Utah make this unique ring a stunning piece of jewelry with rock star quality. Handmade stars surround the three Blue Moon Turquoise stones. The entire sterling ring is oxidized and polished to highlight the textures. The back of the ring is stamped with the Shiny Objects makers mark. The band is heavy gauge half round sterling silver wire. The American turquoise is stabilized for longevity. This beauty is a unique piece that will be noticed across the room. Ring size: Adjustable from 6-9, specify what size you want the ring set and I will do this for you in advance. Or you can adjust yourself. Length: 39.8mm; Width: 23mm; Depth: 5.5mm. Band: 4mm wide, 2mm deep