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About moonkistdesigns

I'm a resident of upstate South Carolina, and live with a spoiled and opinionated Doberman named Remington, a Chihuahua mix who thinks she is a Doberman, and several really rotten cats! I have a muse that wakes me up with jewelry designs in the middle of the night, and a studio that is my favorite place in the world. I first began my jewelry career when I was 10. I started out cutting cabochons (they're the rounded-non faceted stones) at the local gem and mineral club in Augusta, GA. When I turned 14, I took silversmithing and fabrication lessons from a local bench jeweler, and I've been making jewelry ever since! From 2005-2008 I taught beginning silversmithing at Earthspeak Arts Jewelry school in Asheville, NC. In 2008, I started Moonkist Designs and now I enjoy creating artisan crafted mixed metal jewelry! Please visit our store at www.moonkistdesigns.com; or our Etsy store at www.etsy.com/shop/moonkistdesigns, www.etsy.com/shop/moonkistcreations, or www.etsy.com/shop/moonkistgallery.

Moving!

Greetings, fellow metal benders: our blog is relocating! We’ve updated our website, MoonkistDesigns.com, and our blog will be living there for the foreseeable future. We will be updating previous posts and posting new content at moonkistdesigns.com/blogs/news. Check there for jewelry … Continue reading

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Self Defense And The Art of Jewelry Buying – Chapter 2

What do you mean by “Cabochon Stone”? In the world of jewelry, a cabochon is a stone that is cut with a flat or slightly domed base and a curved or domed top. Rose cut cabochons have triangular or square … Continue reading

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Our Origin Story…How Moonkist Came to Be

Welcome to Moonkist My name is Gena Robinson, an admirer of beautiful things and a collector of hobbies. But metalworking…that is my true passion! I started cutting cabochons when I was 12 years old. Then, as a teen, I worked … Continue reading

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Self-Defense and the Art of Jewelry Buying – Chapter 1

What is Sterling Silver and Why is My Finger Turning Green? Sterling silver is made up of mix (an alloy) of at least a couple of different metals. It is always 92.5% fine silver (by law), which doesn’t tarnish but … Continue reading

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Our Vote for Most Unusual Engagement Ring

An over one hundred years old, twenty cent silver Newfoundland coin, turned into a ring? Sounds odd, and who would destroy such a coin from history? Can such a coin even become a ring? Well to answer these questions, a … Continue reading

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Inspiration

Art Smith wrote in the 1969 catalog of his one man exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Craft: “A piece of jewelry is in a sense an object that is not complete in itself. Jewelry is a ‘what is it?’ … Continue reading

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A Custom Piece, From Start to Finish

The beginning of any fabrication project always looks about the same…wire and sheet, maybe some bezel strip, and the idea of where you want to go. When I was asked to do a custom piece for Nicole Wakelin, podcaster and … Continue reading

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