Jonathan Lee Rutledge
Creating beautiful jewelry is peace to me. It’s my relaxation and I never seem to have enough time for it. Whether designing a statement piece, or one that will be loved and worn everyday, it’s the greatest feeling to know that it will make someone happy for years to come.
I never planned on being an artist. In fact, becoming one was a bit accidental. As a child I loved to draw and build toys out of wood. But my first experience working with metals would be on F16‘s with the U.S. Air Force in Germany. While overseas, I traveled throughout Europe visiting museums whenever I had the chance; and my love of art was born.
My collection is comprised of pieces hand-crafted in high-karat gold. Each piece offers a deep rich color and creates a strong visual contrast between the gold and the gemstones that embellish it. I incorporate an ancient goldsmithing technique called granulation in my jewelry. With this process, each piece is adorned with tiny gold grains creating patterns and a visual depth otherwise unattainable. The result is dramatic and can vary depending on the time of day, the position of the sun, or the lighting in any particular room.