Silvertree Jewelry is vibrant and unique dichroic glass and sterling silver fine jewelry inspired by colorful Colorado. Every piece is individually handcrafted in Ward, CO, by Carol Bixby Elmore. Her one of a kind pieces are backed by lifetime of experience.
Carol B Elmore began her silversmithing adventure when she was a high school student in Highland Park Ill in the 1960’s. She permanently moved to Colorado in 1968. In 1974 Carol launched Silvertree from her home in Ward, CO, to sell her nature inspired sterling silver designs. In the 2000’s, after decades of silversmithing and working with semi-precious stones, Carol discovered dichroic glass, and used the bright colored material to create an exciting new line.
Today Silvertree Jewelry features tiny art-works inspired by the mountains, wildlife, flowers, tree, and bright colors of Colorado. The dichroic glass is cut, layered, shaped, mosaiced and kiln-fused with dichroic mica, enamel, and photo fused decals, and dichroic slide to create small scenes, mosaics, and cabochons. The glass pieces are framed in sterling or PMC fine silver settings and wire wraps; earrings hang on handmade sterling silver ear wires with semi-precious stones, and pendants are topped with handmade sterling or PMC fine silver bails.
Silvertree Jewelry is Bold, unique, wearable art that is perfect for your event and one of a kind customer’s. Use this guide to get to know us and find your Silvertree today!
What inspires me? New designs come into my mind continuously, more than I can ever make. While much of my work reflects the Colorado Mountains where I made my home, my creativity is rooted in my childhood.
I grew up north of Chicago in a family of six. My parents made creativity a part of our lives by eschewing TV and radio for more cultural interests. They both sang and played music at home, and family outings took us to ballets, opera’s, and concerts. My mother also took us to every museum in Chicago, especially the art museum. At home, my siblings and I would entertain ourselves by experimenting with many mediums. Often the results would span most of the kitchen. This home life would provide the backdrop for my future education.
Art was my favorite subject in school and one I pursued with zeal. Still experimenting with mediums, I was introduced to silversmithing when I was 16. In college I initially majored in ceramics. After a couple years, I switched back to jewelry. That was over 40 years ago. After College I enrolled in GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Home Study Courses earning certificates in Diamonds, Colored Stones, and Gem Identification.
For a long time I worked mainly in silver with colored stones. My love of color was what first attracted me to dichroic glass. I was also intrigued by the medium’s flexibility. I liked that I could make my own “stones” to go with the settings I was already creating. My design process is fairly organic. I start by gathering my materials and then I try to envision the end results. I prefer to work directly with the materials, so everything is individually hand made. The glass cabochons are made by layering different colors of glass into shapes and patterns, which are then fired in a kiln. This method is called “kiln-fusing” or “slumping.” The glass objects are made in groups. I then create the setting to suit the individual piece. It’s a process that allows me more freedom to create unique, one-of-a-kind pieces
So, what inspires me? My youth, my mountain home, the colors in the glass and more; if you’re receptive inspiration is everywhere.
Carol B Elmore
High-quality vending for art and craft fairs, music festivals, street fairs, gift shows, and community or commercial events. Silvertree is always well prepared for indoor and outdoor set-up with professional customer service, merchandising, eye catching displays, unique items, and repeat customers.
Since 2010 Silvertree has shown at Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, Peoples Fair, Cinco De Mayo Celebrate Culture, Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show, Grand Lake Arts & Crafts Festival, Winter Park Craft Fair, Holiday Mountain Market, Evergreen Summerfest, NedFest, Rhythms on the Rio, Erie Town Fair & Balloon Festival, Old South Gaylord Kick Off to Summer, Colorado Springs Sugar Plum Gift Market, Taste of Louisville, Rocky Mtn Gift Show, Denver Holiday Food & Gift Festival, Pearl St Mall, Lake Dillon Art Festival, Park Hill Art Fair, Boulder Mountain Handmade Market, Gilpin County Winterfest, The Caribou Room and more! We enjoy repeat customers and love meeting new people! To get Silvertree LIVE!! Email SilvertreeJewelry@gmail.com