"As a child growing up in rural Ohio, my artist father used to take to freshly plowed cornfields to dig for fossils and arrowheads. The simplicity of digging a material from beneath the earth with my hands that had some special purposed fascinated me. I think that largely contributed to my choice of materials: rocks and metal. I work with brass, copper, silver, and semiprecious gemstones. I prefer the look of un-faceted, natural materials and often incorporate raw gems into my designs.
I use traditional metalsmithing techniques to create functional jewelry made from brass, copper, and sterling silver. I love un-cut, raw mineral materials and the look of natural patina on a jewelry piece. Using techniques such as lost wax casting, gemstone setting, soldering, and stamping, I strive create jewelry that will stand the test of time, while maintaining a distinctly handmade and artful quality." - Madeleine Etter