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5 Questions with Jane Theis

Totally Buggin by Jane Theis
Jane Theis of Philadelphia, PA, inspired our inner entophile with her pendant and necklace, TOTALLY BUGGIN' to win the metal category for our Design Challenge theme of HEROES & VILLAINS in May. 
Jewelers Row
My 4th floor studio in Center City in Philadelphia. It is very bright & sunny with a massive Magnolia Tree.
The piece is fashioned from banded agate and carnelian, Australian opal, sterling silver and 14 karat yellow gold, as are many other lovelies that you can find in Jane's Etsy shop, High Art.

Jane is a professional jeweler on Jeweler’s Row in Philadelphia. She used to specialize in the repair of antique jewelry, but she wanted to make her own designs. So, about 8 years ago, she gave up all of her customers & never looked back! "I can’t imagine anything I’d rather do."
Jane Theis working

HOW DID YOU LEARN JEWELRY-MAKING?

I took a jewelry making class at Downingtown High School & it really “took”! 10th grade was ½ leather craft, ½  jewelry. 11th grade all jewelry. Senior year was all jewelry/independent study. No college, but I had some excellent mentors and experimented a lot!

WHAT’S THE BEST ADVICE THAT YOU EVER GOT FROM A TEACHER OR A MENTOR?

Don’t be afraid to share your knowledge. It’s not a commodity to hoard. 

WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN ESTHETIC?

Jewelry should be comfortable, user-friendly, & well-made. Sterling & 14 / 18 kt gold. Stones, too - anything from river rocks to meteorites & everything in between. I have at least 11 projects going at any time. Right now, I'm working on a big Rhodochrosite Pendant at the forefront, plus a Fire Agate Ring.

Jane Theis studio
My studio is a tiny room crowded with tools & toys.

WHAT’S THE GOOFIEST/MOST EMBARRASSING MISTAKE THAT YOU EVER MADE?

I got a customer’s  4 & ½ carat diamond stuck up my nose. Long stupid story. (But we want to hear it!)

 
WHERE CAN PEOPLE SEE MORE OF YOUR WORK?

My Instagram is Squidnuggets and my Etsy shop is HighArt.
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