Inspiring Works From Rural Farms, Forests, & Charming Villages on the Salish Sea

Margaret Schafer – Ibis Element Jewelry

Margaret Schafer – Ibis Element Jewelry, Orcas Island.


Margaret’s unique handmade jewelry recalls styles of antiquity but remains modern.  She uses the lost wax casting method, also known by its French name, “cire perdue”. This method involves carving an object out of wax and then replacing the wax with metal. All of the designs are currently cast in yellow bronze. 


“Many of my pieces evoke the form of insects, which have always fascinated me.  One of my recent pieces resembles the plate of a chiton, which I sometimes see on the paths when I walk around the island. “


The archaeological echoes from ancient cultures are like a walk through museum collections in Cairo, Athens or Crete. A quiet reminder of the elegance and natural imagery shared by master artists and jewelry designers across the ages.



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