“As a true native Oregonian, my journey began being surrounded by rocks in Boring Oregon. I have ended up in Sandy Oregon, in the foothills of the Cascades, now surrounded by quite a few more of those rocks. I am a rock hound that has been collecting stones since I was young. Growing up, through school I started college but soon lost interest. My path then turned to construction where I learned that I was very good at building and repairing almost anything. Through my journey the love of rocks was always present.
I then met my wife who was also an avid rock hound. Her grandfather and my father had been friends for decades and had collected rocks together. After years of collecting different types of rocks, we wanted to do more than just collect. It has always been about the rock. So we started slicing and polishing different pieces from our collection. That was good for a while but I wanted to do something more to highlight the stone.
At that point, I decided it would be great to be able to set the stones in silver. Then with no formal training, only a desire, I purchased the equipment necessary to be a silversmith. I learned by trial and much error how to highlight the stones in each piece.
That was a few short years ago and I am still learning along the way. Now the pieces I make are each signed with the initials of my wife and I, and numbered. They are truly one of a kind.”–Alan Stockam
Handmade, one of a kind silver jewelry with stones from the Northwest and beyond. Each silver piece is signed & numbered.
Magical looking moonstone pendant with a twisting silver bail at the top. Moonstone rings. Oregon Petrified wood pendants. Dinosaur Bone in a ring. Calligraphy stone, a fossilized plant/shell inside.
“Here are some photos of the process and Alan working on pieces in the studio, in addition to an image featuring the raw materials. It is a messy process getting from the rock to the final piece in silver.
The rock is put in the rock saw then the slice is taken to the trim saw where it is shaped down to a size that can be worked on the next machine which is the cabochon machine. Then the stone is ready for the silver.” –Heather Reider
Questions and answers:
Q: What is calligraphy stone, you ask?
A: Calligraphy stone, also known as Shu- Fa stone, is a spectacular part of the fluorite family, amazing swirls and shapes, often resembling ancient writing. Calligraphy Stone is a white fluorite that drapes over a hard sandstone matrix. Each piece has a unique geometric pattern and coloring.
Q: What is Petrified Wood, you ask?
A: Petrified wood is a fossil. It forms when plant material is buried by sediment and protected from decay by oxygen and organisms. Then, groundwater rich in dissolved solids flows through the sediment replacing the original plant material with silica, calcite, pyrite or another inorganic material such as opal. For more information about petrified wood go to: geology.com › Fossils…
Q: Are dinosaur bone stones really bones, you ask?
A: Agatized Dinosaur Bone or “dino bone” is the result of fossilized bone from dinosaurs in which the cellular structure has been replaced with quartz, leaving the bone structure intact. http://www.bernardine.com/gemstones/dinobone.htm…
Q: What is moonstone, you ask?
A: Moonstone is a variety of the minerals orthoclase and albite.. During formation, orthoclase and albite separate into alternating layers. When light falls between these thin layers it is scattered producing the phenomenon called adularescence (glow or inner light). Adularescence is the light that appears to billow across a gem. http://www.gia.edu/moonstone
Jewelry by stone master/ silversmith Alan Stockam!
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Fairweather House and Gallery
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And, too, new work arriving for spring.
Cuffs!!! The first is a large leopard jasper and the second is a large moonstone. They are both in sterling silver.