Dichroic glass fine jewelry inspired by the mountains, wildlife, and bright colors of Colorado. Silvertree Jewelry features unique, one of a kind, pieces individually handmade by Carol B Elmore at our studio is Ward, CO for one of kind customers.
Carol Elmore settled in Ward Colorado in 1968 and founded Silvertree Jewelry in 1974 so she could sell her own designs. Originally working mostly with Sterling Silver and lapidary stones, Carol discovered dichroic glass in the early 2000’s and immediately wanted to work with the bright colored medium. Once she mastered the glass it was natural to incorporate her silversmithing skills and make small pieces of unique wearable art.
Tiny pictures and designs are created with kiln fused dichroic glass combined with dichroic mica paper, enamel, and photo fused decals; most of our decals are designed in house. The glass gems are set handcrafted pendants, bracelets, rings, and barrettes constructed using sterling silver wire and sheet metal, PMC fine silver clay, and leather. Earrings are fused with either and integral steel wire or drilled to hang on sterling silver ear wires, and studs are mounted on sterling silver posts.
Every piece of Silvertree Jewelry is designed and individually handcrafted by Carol Bixby Elmore at our studio in Ward Colorado. Silvertree sells one of a kind jewelry for customers as bold as Colorado.
Silvertree Jewelry is...
Carol Bixby Elmore
Proprietor, Jeweler, Talent,
Nichole L Elmore
Sales, Customer Service, Website Admin, Daughter,
Photo by Joshua Elioseff of dancerproductions.com
With Silvertree LIVE! we provide high-quality vending for art and craft fairs, music festivals, street fairs, gift shows, and community or commercial events. Silvertree Jewelry is always well prepared for indoor and outdoor set-up with professional merchandising, eye catching displays, unique items, and, most importantly, repeat customers. We will also provide additional promotion via our website and across our social media platforms using materials provided and/or creating our own.
Since 2010 Silvertree has shown at Colorado Country Christmas Gift Show, Grand Lake Arts & Crafts Festival, Winter Park Craft Fair, Holiday Mountain Market, Rhythms on The Rio, Erie Town Fair and Balloon Festival, Old South Gaylord Kickoff to Summer, Sugarplum Gift Festival, Taste of Louisville, and The Holiday Food and Gift Festival among others. We have enjoyed return customers at almost every location.
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 silver-smithing 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 mediums 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
Silvertree Jewelry, PO Box 236, Ward CO, USA (c)2018