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|Two generations.... THE ARTISTS The Ludden’s are a father and daughter team working together for over 20 years creating, designing, and making elegant jewelry. The Ludden’s creations draw significantly upon their experience in living and working in different countries. Rolf is married to Andrea’s mother, an archaeologist, who for years co-created many of the designs. Over the years their daughter, Andrea Jr. has taken over her mother’s role in the studio as well as the business end. Some of the designs and inspirations for the forms and colors of the jewelry comes from ancient civilizations such as the Southwest. Drawing upon a rich and varied background, Rolf and Andrea Jr. create pieces that reflect a diverse range of influences. Ranchers for more than a quarter century, Rolf and Andrea Jr. (also an archaeologist) have now discovered a peace of mind through the creation of their unique and individual jewelry. Today their lives revolve around the mastery of metal work and gem design techniques with an intuitive sense of color, which capture both the imagination and the eye. The Ludden’s formal training in the craft includes: Lapidary Studies San Diego Gem & Mineral Society Oil, Water, & Acrylic Painting Houston, Texas Jewelry Fabrication Rodney Moen, New Mexico FERROUS MUSINGS/FUSINGS II iron/gold workshop Chris Nelson, Colorado Casting Angel Ramos, University Of New Mexico Jewelry Austin Museum Of Art, Texas THE CREATIONS Earth & Sky Jewelry’s unique style derives from mixing a rich blend of innovative and elegant designs to create a beautiful synthesis of free form and contemporary fashion. When asked about the design concepts, Andrea Jr. explains, “We always design with the individual in mind, and strive to give each creation a degree of flexibility to ensure the perfect fit and the ultimate comfort.” Rolf and Andrea employs Metalsmithing techniques such as forging, acid etching, fusing, soldering, folding, embossing, raising, and patinas which produces lustrous tonal hues. The materials we use are Gold, Sterling Silver, Red Brass, Copper and Steel. We do not cast to ensure one-of-a-kind pieces. Each piece is signed with RAL, which stands for Rolf, Andrea Ludden.|
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