New life for old family gold

Owen Walker

Owen Walker

We at Walker Goldsmiths used to think “In the olden days” June used to be the traditional month for weddings. Since we’ve been in the wedding ring business for 30+ years we’ve seen folks use the gathering time of the winter holidays to get married since families get together then anyway. But this year we’ve been very busy doing wedding rings for people having the old fashioned June wedding. My blog article on custom wedding rings has been useful!  This part of Walker Goldsmiths’ business is really the most fun, being part of happy exciting times with folks. Many of our customers have been bringing their old broken gold and silver for remaking or trading for their rings. We can do that since we are manufacturing goldsmiths and Owen melts and casts their gold into the new forms, whatever color gold they want. It sure can keep the cost lower and it’s so fun to incorporate family gold and stones into new wedding rings. New life for old family jewelry that goes forward into new marriages is something the standard jewelry store can’t do and Walker Goldsmiths can!

Click here to find out more about recycling for wedding rings.

Custom Wedding Rings

Surfers wedding bands with surf and mountain designs with moonstone

Custom Wedding Rings

Custom Maori design wedding bands

Custom Wedding Rings

14kt wedding band with collection of family diamonds

Ring for a Princess

Ring For A Princess

Ring For A Princess

Time has been flying around the Walker Goldsmiths Studio this month of July; some weddings, two family reunions, lots of family visiting, tending the garden, finishing up the Alaska jewelry orders and fitting in custom jewelry work.

One of the beautiful pieces of jewelry that went out of the studio this season was the “Ring for a Princess“. A real joy to make since the stones were so beautiful as were the folks that commissioned it. This ring was made entirely out of their Recycled family gold and their stones. As we’ve said before, what good is that broken jewelry in the back of the jewelry box, the pieces of jewelry that are family heirlooms that don’t fit anyone or aren’t your style? We take that jewelry apart and use what’s still strong and sturdy, melt down the old pieces and cast them into new shapes of your design, provide new crowns if need be or set the stones any manner that you like. We have many different stones available and can buy your gold and silver to pay for work done by us. Walker Goldsmiths will guide you every step of the way with all questions answered and rest assured we specialize in royalty!

My favorite Earrings for the whole month of July

My Dancing Eagles

My Dancing Eagles

Walker Goldsmiths is really so blessed to live in the land of Eagles here in the Pacific Northwest, in fact, spoiled! By the time July finally rolls around I’ve counted Eagles, watched them hook up with their mates and refurbish their nests. I think I can count at least 7 eagle nests within 10 miles of my home. The Bald Eagle is the predominate one although I’ve seen plenty of big Goldens around here. There are days when the beach is full of them feeding and searching for food for babies. Both parents are engaged in this activity because those kids are ravenous. I’ve seen eagles fly over heading for the nest with chunks of wood and flotsam to patch their nests and with snakes, rabbits and lots of fish. I like to celebrate the whole month of July by wearing my Dancing Eagle earrings. Not only do I celebrate the ability to enjoy the gorgeous eagles in my life but the birthday of my favorite country whose mascot or symbol is the Eagle. We make a big deal of the 4th of July around our place! Lots of flags flying and friends partying with a whole lot of noise and firework explosions. These lost wax cast earrings are my favorite earrings for the whole month of July. My Eagles just keep on dancing!

These Sterling Silver Dancing Eagle Earrings are part of Walker Goldsmiths Potlatch Collection and sell for $ 50.00

Custom Wedding Rings are exciting!

Diamonds & Sapphires - Custom Wedding Set

Diamonds and Sapphires – Custom Wedding Set

Custom Wedding Rings are exciting at Walker Goldsmiths!

I’ve had an interesting few days this past week. A new friend and husband -to-be came by our Walker Goldsmiths Studio to talk wedding rings. We love doing custom rings for folks and this one is no exception. There are lots of stones to set and a challenge to incorporate her design and our expertise. They also had old family gold to recycle and a stack of Silver Dollars to trade towards the wedding rings.

When we talked Owen was sure they said that the wedding day was the 10th of July. So off I went to Oregon to visit my Dad for Father’s Day and Owen kept plugging along on the mountain of hand carved Bracelets and Earrings that are currently on his bench. I came home thinking I had quite a few days left before their rings were due and proceeded to finish up the garden planting. They called wondering about the status of their rings and Owen told them I was in the garden and was soon to proceed. Holy Crow! Low and behold the wedding date is the 1st not the 10th! So I dropped my shovel and box of fertilizer and headed to the studio. Hours later I emerged with a wonderful wax ring with the stones all positioned to photograph to show them how it would look. I love it!! Can’t go wrong with Diamonds and Sapphires! It was approved by the couple and is now invested, drying and will go into the kiln for burnout in the early morning to be lost wax cast tomorrow afternoon. Owen will finish the gold, solder on the crowns and set the stones probably on Tuesday. Hooray! We’ll make the deadline! Attached is a photo of the purple wax that I carve to create the base for the Platinum and Gold crowns. I’ll post a photo when were done. It will be a beauty!

Owen at the Rolling Mill

Owen Walker

Owen Walker

Walker Goldsmiths suffered a major setback in the Studio this Spring with our necessary trusty ‘ol Rolling mill breaking down. A bearing failed, bound up and broke the shaft. It took 6 weeks to get the part from England, of course, it was all happening in the middle of the Royal Wedding and NOTHING was possible quickly. When the part finally arrived it took three days and a lot of help from good friends to get it all put back together. Now it’s working better than ever and we’re in full production doing Hand carved Bracelets, Earrings, Pendants and putting in 12 hour days to get caught up with orders. Walker Goldsmiths want to keep our loyal customers happy!

Having custom wedding rings made is easier than you may think.

Custom Wedding Rings

Custom Maori design wedding bands

Really!  Having Custom Wedding Rings made IS easier than you may think. Have you ever thought about wearing a custom wedding ring that reflects the real you? Many people have come to Walker Goldsmiths telling us that they feel like they’ve been stuck wearing someone else’s wedding rings. The one they bought or were given really isn’t something they’re happy with and the thought of wearing it all their lives is not an exciting idea, or the ones they are looking at in the Jewelry stores leaves them cold. We can easily and happily fix that for you. Let Walker Goldsmiths work with you to produce the custom wedding rings that are the real you.

Custom Wedding Rings

Surfers wedding bands with surf and mountain designs with moonstone

Do you really want a custom engagement ring made for your fiancé that represents the sand dunes and surf where you first fell in love? Maybe you would even like to have a part in designing this ring so a little part of your spirit is in this design, or as a couple you would like to design rings together to represent a meaningful experience for just you two. There are many reasons why some people want custom made jewelry; some are just because they want one-of-a-kind and some are because the jewelry then carries special meaning to them. This is the essence of custom jewelry; emotionally important pieces of jewelry that reflects the real YOU.

Custom Wedding Rings

14kt wedding band with collection of family diamonds

How do you go about getting the custom rings that you want? Owen and Janet Walker are Walker Goldsmiths and we’ve been helping people with their one-of-a-kind designs and making custom jewelry for over 30 years. We enjoy this process very much and want you to also. We are with you every step of the way and will even provide a CD of pictures to you of the process of your custom piece of jewelry if you desire. You can be any place in the world and it can all be accomplished via email. 30 years in the custom jewelry business personally designing and making many different styles of jewelry has given us insight into what works; what’s durable for your life. We are not going to talk you into something totally stupid or even let you buy something that isn’t workable or cost effective. Getting custom jewelry made with us is easier than you think.

You can expect;

  • To be a part of your jewelry process,
  • Wear designs that are really “you”,
  • Have a hand in the design,
  • Be happy with the custom jewelry you wear.
Custom Wedding Rings Chickadee and Sapphire

18kt Northwest design Chickadee Ring with .50 Blue Sapphire

We enjoy photographing the process and emailing pictures to you all along the way to make sure we are communicating and achieving your goal. You will have a custom piece of jewelry, made from your idea or design, that we were privileged to make a reality for you. Contact us now and let’s communicate about a project for you.

Janet Walker, Goldsmith, Graphic Designer and co-owner with husband, Owen, of Walker Goldsmiths; specialists in custom wedding rings.

Potlatch Collection

Janet Walker

Janet Walker Using Lost Wax Method

Our past newsletters have been talking about lost wax casting with the focus on Custom Rings. We also lost wax cast Sterling Silver Earrings and Pendants. They are the foundation of our ‘Potlatch Collection’ The casting process for the earrings and pendants pushes the limits of lost wax casting because they are big enough to be flashy yet light enough to be wearable. Silver both conducts and looses heat faster than any other metal, so because it cools so fast it’s difficult to cast something as small and light as an earring. Yet, with years of trial and error, Owen has developed our own successful technique.

What is a Potlatch? The lavish celebration of the Potlatch was a commemoration of an important event in the lives of Northwest Coast Indians.

Swivel Display

Swivel Display

Whether the occasion was a birth, death, marriage, inheritance, the giving of property, a name, or privilege, the host demonstrated his wealth by presenting gifts to each person who was then an official witness. Common among such gifts would be decorative art pieces, wood and stone carvings, ornate basketry, household goods, and jewelry of copper, iron, silver and gold.

We created the Potlatch Collection because of our own northwest roots, and our love of the country, climate and the culture. Jewelry remains the perfect way to celebrate today’s special events, and our original pieces are true to traditions of Northwest Coast Indian myth and legend.

The Potlatch Collection includes 10 different designs of earrings and pendants that retail for $40.00 each; Bear, Beaver, Eagle, Frog, Hummingbird, Orca, Raven, Salmon, Whale & Wolf. The Sterling Pendants come with an 18 in. Sterling chain and the Earrings have Sterling Shepherd hook ear-wires.

Retail Display: 20” x 12” w/ swivel base
(Retail shops: contact us for information about the complete set with counter-top display)

Beaver Earrings

Beaver Earrings

 

Bear Earrings

Bear Earrings

 

Hummingbird Earrings

Hummingbird Earrings

Osprey T-Shirts & Rings

Osprey T-Shirts

Osprey T-Shirts & Rings

We are very excited about our Osprey Line. We have always loved the Osprey and feel very honored to have been able to capture this majestic bird’s spirit in our new T-shirt line and cast Sterling Silver Osprey rings.

Osprey Shirts $20
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Osprey Ring
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