02 Sep Award Winning Jeweler – Douglas Fine Jewelry
Oregon-themed jewelry wins design award
Oregon is known for many things, but not necessarily gemstones and jewelry. That shifted a bit recently when Bend-based jeweler Douglas Fine Jewelry won Lapidary Journals’ Jewelry Artist magazine’s nationally recognized “Gemmy” award in 2015 for an entirely Oregon-themed necklace they designed and produced last year. The winning piece, created by jewelers Steven and Elyse Douglas, was not crafted specifically for the contest, but, instead designed for a client with a very particular vision in mind.
“Our client wanted a very “Oregon” piece,” explains Steven Douglas, who has designed and created jewelry collaboratively with his wife Elyse for over 30 years. “The client gave us a lot of leeway in the design,” he adds.
Elyse came up with the original concept and turned it over to Steve to fine tune and build. The necklace features three matched red round faceted sunstones, one green trillion facet cut and a custom Shiller cabochon. Black basalt from the Lava Butte flow is also included, all inset in hand-fabricated 14-karat white and yellow gold.
The Oregon sunstones in the piece came from Steve and Elyse Douglas’s own sunstone mine, located north of Plush in southeastern Oregon. “There aren’t a lot of jewelers out here who go from the mines to the finished product,” Steve said.
See a related story on Oregon sunstones on page 72. For more information on Douglas Fine Jewelers, see douglasjewelry.com.