We are so excited to introduce Crystal Hartman to our customers. Crystal is a new artist to Hitchcock Madrona and to the Seattle area. She has created a collection of exquisitely wrought designs exclusively for us – check ’em out!
This necklace is an exclusive design for Hitchcock Madrona. It is amazing.
Crystal grew up in a family of jewelers. Her father John and mother Estell began the Durango Silver Company in 1972. It remains family owned and operated in scenic Durango, Colorado. With a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in printmaking from the University of Colorado, Boulder, Crystal also has an interest in watercolor. She initially turned her attention to painting and printmaking before learning sliversmithing from her father, a master gold and silversmith and stonecutter. Dustin and I are planning a trip to Durango to visit Crystal and her family’s business. We can’t wait!
Black onyx cabochon and sterling silver stud earrings
Crystal employs a technique called the “lost wax process” when making her jewelry; it involves using wax to create a mold into which she then pours molten silver. John cuts all the stones that will subsequently be added to her designs.
An example of a wax mold for one of Crystal’s bracelets – be sure to keep an eye out for a future blog post on the “lost wax process”!
We have silver rings, bracelets, and one gorgeous necklace of Crystal’s currently in stock. She is such a talented artist – all of her jewelry is beautiful, elegant and entirely handcrafted!
Mother of pearl and sterling silver earrings
Wide sterling silver band with tiny black diamonds
Wide sterling silver cuff bracelet (with or without diamonds available)
When Dustin and I met with Crystal during her recent visit to Seattle we were enamored with her skill and design narrative. I challenged her to incorporate white, champagne and black diamonds into her organic pieces. They turned out better than I ever thought possible. She cast the diamonds into the pieces and therefore they are seamlessly integrated into the design. Your eye has to hunt for the stones (she didn’t want prongs) and when you see one the others magically appear. Pure genius.
Hitchcock Madrona “Diamond Dot” necklace with 18 carat gold bezel and oxidized sterling silver chain.
Many of our clients have random diamonds from, say, a grandmother’s brooch or a great-grandfather’s masonic ring. Or, there are the diamonds from (let’s be honest) a previous marriage. But, what to do with this jewelry that is never going to be worn in its current state? I mean, it is a shame to let a diamond languish in a drawer! It wants a new life – it wants to be worn!!! I noticed that old jewelery was never a huge priority or something that my clients wanted to sink money into. Therefore, I wanted to come up with a design that was economical, modern, young, and above all else, wearable. Thus, the Hitchcock Madrona “Diamond Dot Necklace” was born. I am desperately trying to find a diamond for myself – I love this design! It doesn’t matter the quality of the diamond. Every necklace that we have made has looked wonderful in this simple bezel. I can do a gold chain or a sterling silver chain. I especially love the color combination of diamond, yellow gold and blackened chain. I think it is a really unconventional and edgy way to wear “fine” jewelry.
So, dig around your jewelry box and BRING ME YOUR DIAMONDS! The cost is nominal compared to other custom options and you will wear this everyday. I love it alone or even layered with fashion jewelry.
Dustin and I are getting ready for our annual spring buying trip to New York. We leave on Sunday and will be gone until Thursday night. Kate will be in the store to assist you.