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"The Path"

by Jennifer kalled October 01, 2016

My sweet daughter Ali is getting married to fabulous Shawn Dumont in September 2013.  We had our engagement party in September of 2012 where the picture of Ali and her brides maids to be was taken. (see below)  The closeness and long standing relationship these woman have maintained since 1st grade is a testimont to love in its own right.  "The Path" bracelet is a tribute to the paths these ladies find themselves on.  

Titanium drusy quartz, uvarovite drusy, boulder opal, tsavorites and diamonds in 22k 18k & 14k.


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What's Next?

by Jennifer kalled October 01, 2016


As of late, I've been very attracted to the browns, blacks, golds, silvers etc.

    This opal needs to be tamed; so introducing the above mentioned colors is a perfect way to allow the opal to have center stage.  So, in your minds eye, imagine diamonds flush set all over those gold rectangles, random pieces of swirling gold pieces holding the gems.... all on faceted black spinal beads.  I do believe it's going to be Stunning!  Winters project among other things.

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Mexican Opal

by Jennifer kalled October 01, 2016

 The most exciting addition this year to my work thus far is the gemmy Mexican Opal.  I purchased these freeform gems at the Tucson Gem and Mineral show this year.  The intense yellows, oranges and reds only have a hint of other colors moving through them (traditional to opal) so they look incredible with the beautiful Boulder Opals from Austraila.  Here are a few pieces that were designed.  

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by Jennifer Kalled October 01, 2016

I'm well into my 50's so my timely manner in blogging is a tad off.  That being said, I pride myself in that I know how to do it at all!  I want to share, not only the story of my experience but the jewelry creations that were a direct result of being in Yowah, Quilpie, Longreach, and Winton Australia.  First, here is one of the pieces.  

Bill and I arrived at his home in Yowah mid day.  The Yowah Moon welcomed me in the most handsome way.  Shot the Moon, and forgot about it. (truly the best thing to do)  Here it is 5 months later with it's inspiration.

Yowah Opal Pendant 22k gold designer jewelry

  Theresa is the miner of this Yowah opal, she is amazing, truly inspiring.  Bill Kasso, the other opal miner/dealer/cutter in the picture.

Now for the story:

The heat finally broke today, 45C was the average, today it’s 30C.

I knew from my experience of being in the Alaska bush that one has to fortify oneself from the inevitable lack of stimulus, it is not comfortable, I will say it again, it is not comfortable. One's swearing ability increases 100 fold. Words that you never knew you knew, flow freely, phases that would make a trucker blush. You realize that you are an addict, an addiction resulting from constant stimuli. So we brought paints, canvas, books, Rosetta Stone Italian, camera, photoshop etc…. to keep me entertained and to finally do the things that I have precious little time for. What I did not prepare for was the heat. I’ve been in extreme heat before, but not like this, DRY, never let up, Deadly (literally) heat. I painted one picture, never attempted Italian, did work on Photoshop because it only involved my fingers, read, but fell asleep each time just a few pages in, Humbling, experience. If a friend ever express’ to me that they are feeling a little down, I will no longer start with “what have you been thinking about?” “is this about your childhood?”, no, it will be “are you cool enough?” “What’s the temperature in your house?”
I am now convinced, that I know why Congress had such a hard time doing anything meaningful these last 8 years. The air-conditioning was not working correctly.

Well, enough about the heat. (Though, I’m sure it will color much of what I write.)

We bought a painting by Melanie Hava in a little spot in Eulo, Australia. The proprietor of the shop is an opal dealer, extraordinare (think jovial bloody Santa Clause), a delightful German Australian who has more rough opal in the back of his house then some opal fields. When Gary ushered us into the backyard, I could not believe my eyes when they rested on this 84 year old fella sawing opal in 45C,(112F) one Yowah Nut after another like it was a Spring Day in May! Sawing about 1500 in a day, one every 20 seconds, a pile waist deep of Yowah Nuts with nothing in them, truly…. chasing opal.

Back to Melanie; As soon as I saw her work I knew we were kindred spirits. “Gary, is this painting for sale?” “I love it, it is so Klimtish with an aboriginal sensibility, it looks like my jewelry.” Spot on….she is an Austrian Australian… in her words… “ I am fortunate to have been born into two different and contrasting cultures, my father coming from the oldest city in Austria - Enns and my mother from the aboriginal Manu people in Queensland."

I too come from two contrasting cultures, Lebanese & English. My work has often been compared to Klimt’s paintings in jewelry form. A painting coming to life with the wearer as Klimt’s model, and the jewels, being the abstract design enveloping her…. Our connection, an Artist that lived in the late 1800’s who was influenced by mosaics during his golden era and I’m sure, his father who was a gold engraver. Klimt had an artist spirit that wanted to shake things up. As Friedrich Schiller said, "If you cannot please everyone with your deeds and your art, please only a few. To please many is bad” How wonderfully serendipitous to run into Melanie Havas artwork.

Another piece " The Roll of the Dice"  The narrative continues.... "A narrative or story is any report of connected events, actual or imaginary, presented in a sequence of written or spoken words, or still or moving images."

Mexican Opal Necklace, gold jewelry

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SUMMER IS COMING, More Australian Opal jewelry pieces, Boulder opals, Yowah opals, & Petrified wood with opal.

by Jennifer kalled October 01, 2016

  Another winter in Santa Fe, NM, designing jewelry and painting.  I find it so satisfying to see my inspiration come through in whatever medium I'm participating in.  One day I hope to have a category "Paintings" by Jennifer Kalled, but for now my experiences are embody in my jewelry! 

Yowah Opal bracelet in 22k 18k gold jewelry



  • Yowah Opal
  • Australian Opal
  • Mexican Opal 
  • Tanzanite
  • Hessanite Garnet
  • Topaz
  • 22k and 18k gold

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