Russell Jones’s design sensibility is fresh and modern but not sterile, with a very subtle nod to historical styles of jewelry. He prefers a spare approach so that the pieces are not overly decorative, as he likes the construction to be visible. The settings are part of the overall design. Elements like the prongs, bezels, and rivets become as important as the stones or metals used. Hand-selected stones from India, Sri Lanka, and South America are combined in unexpected and delightful compositions of size, color, and scale. The result is clean, modern jewelry that moves gracefully with the wearer’s body.
Jones’s process and techniques are traditional in nature; he makes everything by hand. All settings are formed from wire, which the artist prefers to build from scratch, usually starting with round wire. Cast pieces are sculpted in wax to make a unique master. In addition, Jones works with talented lapidarists who help him realize special stones for his pieces.