Ramsey Studios

Name Karen Olsen Ramsey
Phone 530-477-9456
Email karen@artjeweler.com
Web http://www.artjeweler.com
Address20491 Woodpecker Ravine
 Grass Valley, California 95945, US

Ramsey Studios is a collaborative art studio situated in the foothills of California’s Sierra Nevada mountains. We are a husband and wife team. My husband creates custom high relief wood carved doors and mantels. I am a studio goldsmith, crafting hand fabricated unique and custom rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings.

I was first inspired to be a jeweler when, as a child of four, I collected pretty pebbles and sea shells on Pacific coast beaches. I studied jewelry making and design at the University of Illinois, Champaign/Urbana and attended classes at the Revere Academy of Jewelry in San Francisco.

In 1990, my husband and I purchased 20 acres overlooking a canyon on the west slope of California's Sierra Nevada mountains. Here, under the pines in my natural rock garden, I am inspired by the nature around me to combine complementary metals and precious stones and create the jewelry of your dreams. I am a proud mother, a glowing grandmother, and an avid organic gardener. My passions are playing with my family, creating in my garden, and forging beautiful jewelry that embraces the body and touches the soul.

My jewelry designs are influenced by art nouveau and organic, natural plant forms. Each necklace, earring and ring is an entirely hand fabricated original. I hand make each individual chain, clasp, jump ring, and ear wire. I use the techniques of chasing, repousse, and forging to transform sheet gold and wire into dimensional shape. The backsides are as beautifully finished as the frontsides, and are often set with a small stone or pearl. My clasps are often a sculpted floral element.

Much of my work is custom made. I love working with people to create special and uniquely individual pieces. Personal aspects of my client’s personality or interests evolve into a part of the piece, often as a small symbolic representation woven into the design, usually seen only by the wearer. It becomes a private reminder of the personal nature of jewelry; a special story to be worn and held.

I live and work in a beautiful and pristine wooded environment. I believe that the nature surrounding us in this world is to be respected and preserved so that it will be here to be occupied, appreciated and marveled at eternally. I believe that I have a responsibility to do as much as I can to preserve it. I am committed to have as minimal of an impact on my environment as I can.

I am thrilled to recycle gold and other metals into new creations. When that is not possible, I purchase my raw metals only from refiners who do. I will only sell stones from conflict-free sources, and fabricate all of my jewelry elements myself. I absolutely love what I do! My workspace, a place of peace and beauty, is a reflection of that. I imbue these sentiments and values in all of the jewelry that I create.