Emerald, Peridot, Dendritic Opal Earrings, Handmade 14k Goldsold:)
hand-cut raw emerald (16.4 x 13.5 x 3.5mm), peridot (3mm), champagne diamonds (2mm), hand-cut dendritic opal ( 43.3 x 11.6 x 3.3mm). 14k gold and sterling silver.
14k gold earring posts and backings.
total length 70.75mm
7 x 1.3 x 0.8 cm
Karin Luvaas’s one-of-a-kind jewelry embraces continual experimentation and incorporates design, lapidary, hand fabrication, CAD, 3D printing, casting, and stone setting. Karin believes a deep understanding of the full intricacies of jewelry creation from concept to completion is integral to her creative process. Performing each of these steps by hand allows her to center her daily life fully on the intimate nuances of creation. She finds the endless variety of stone material that takes center stage in all of her pieces to be a constant source of inspiration and a driving force behind her work.
Karin Luvaas started her journey in 2015 at the Revere Academy in SF, CA, and acquired her Graduate Jeweler certification in 2016. She continued her studies at GIA and finished as a Graduate Gemologist in 2016. She then went on to complete the Bench Jeweler Technician Certificate, Jewelers of America, in 2017. Along this path she also decided to study new technologies and techniques and started teaching herself how to use 3Design modeling software so that she could marry old world skills with new technology.
In 2019 Karin made inroads within the local jewelry community by teaching jewelry making classes at a local non-profit community center for artisans and makers, BARN (Bainbridge Artisans Resource Network), located on Bainbridge Island, Washington. Karin has since become even more involved within the Jewelry Studio Steering Committee, and took on the role of Studio Lead to help prepare for and build the new Certificate of Craft Program and establish a lapidary program within that organization. With her institutional education complete, her continuing education ongoing, and her exploration of her craft as the singular focus of career and daily efforts, Karin finally launched her own fine jewelry line under her name in February of 2020.