CUSTOM JEWELRY STORIES HANDCRAFTED PIECES INSPIRED BY DIVERSE CLIENTS
EVERY PIECE HAS A STORY…
We love creating custom jewelry. The process of working with a client is one of the best parts of the job. Getting to know the person, what they want and the meaning behind the piece is what brings that unique design to life. Every piece has a story and here are just a few we’d like to share.
Luke was a good friend of Gregg Allman from way back in the days when he worked for the Allman Brothers Band. He was gifted this cuff about 35 years ago and hasn't been able to wear it for the last 15 years because he lost a stone. So happy to get this old friend back to you where it belongs.....on your wrist! Thanks for being an amazing customer!
Tie Tac With Mount Everest Stone
LOCATION: Evergreen, Colorado
MATERIALS: Silver, Stone (Mount Everest)
Marshall has summited the highest mountain on every continent. A few Years ago, he had me polish several stones that he brought back from Everest. Here is a tie tac that I made for him from one of the stones. I am so lucky to have such fascinating customers!
This project came about as Marshall was about to do a lecture on his travels. The piece would be given to an audience member who answered a question correctly at the end of his presentation. He wanted me to make a tie tack and in our design consultation we came up with the concept of a mountain. I pulled a photo of Mt. Everest as my inspiration. He didn’t want to give it away! That’s OK Marshall, I can make you another!
Oak Cask Wedding Ring
LOCATION: Ft. Collins, Colorado
MATERIALS: Zirconium, Wood (Oak Cask)
Matt works for Colorado’s beloved New Belgium Brewing Company. The brewery had just retired their original Oak Cask and Matt wanted wood from it to be inlayed into his wedding ring. After the wedding, relatives called me to say that the ring was the talk of the day! How could there have been a more perfect ring for Matt.
When Matt came in to have his custom wedding ring designed he wanted a black ring with oak inlay. We discussed the durability of his options with black metal and decided on Zirconium as the material for his ring. He brought me a chunk of wood from New Belgium's cask and the rest is history.
LOCATION: Los Angeles
MATERIALS: Silver, Turquoise, Amber
This pendant was created for a movie that was filmed in Colorado. I was given freedom to create a design based on the movie poster. The director wanted the piece to look rustic and 30 years old while using amber and turquoise in my interpretation. The screenplay of the film revolves around the necklace.
LOCATION: Washington D.C.
MATERIALS: Silver, Copper, Brass(Bullet)
Tres S. works at the Pentagon. He was wounded in Afghanistan. This bullet went through three of his limbs. After years of sitting in a drawer, he was ready to have it made into a pendant. It was an honor to create this piece for you sir.
Tres wanted the bullet to be wire wrapped and suspended from a leather cord. He wanted something that looked rugged. I did an initial drawing but this piece evolved to something even better than the drawing. Sometimes that happens with a piece, when you work with a stone or object it takes you where you need to go. The creative force at its best.
SOWILO ARTISAN JEWELRY
DENVER, COLORADO SILVER ARTISAN JEWELRY
Sowilo Artisan Jewelry’s silversmith and lapidarist creates custom, handcrafted silver jewelry, completes repairs and restorations, and collaborates with clients to create beautiful commissioned pieces. At Sowilo Artisan Jewelry, we take pride in our work and love seeing how happy our customers are when they find or have a hand in designing that perfect piece. Below you will find testimonials provided by Sowilo Artisan Jewelry customers. If you would like to submit your own testimonial, please email firstname.lastname@example.org—or better yet, leave us a review on Yelp and/or Google!
“I live in Anchorage, Alaska and had been stumped by what to get my Mom for the holidays. She lives in Denver, CO and I was looking for something unique and locally made. Rather than ordering something off of a “big chain store” website, I was able to quickly do business with Sowilo Artisan Jewelry. It was fun, easy and now my Mom will have a jewelry piece that is as unique as her. Thanks Sowilo, I look forward to shopping with you again!” – Maeve
“I am in love with my new wedding ring and I feel so thankful to have found such a remarkably talented, gracious and kind individual to bestow her art upon my hand for such an important piece of jewelry. I highly recommend using Bonnie for any custom made piece!” – Rachel C.
“HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! I asked Bonnie to custom make a pendant for my wife for our 40th anniversary – she came through with flying colors. Absolutely fantastic! Couldn’t be happier.” – Phil H.
“Bonnie does amazing work! I have taken my wife’s rings in a few times and my ring as well. No one compares to the quality of work she does nor the price. My wife recently took a ring to a jeweler in Aurora and the jeweler messed it up badly. She made it looking brand new!! Much appreciation to Bonnie and the wonderful work she does.” – Jered B.
“I had a unique problem with an antique I owned and the owner of the shop fixed it quickly and easily when I was worried it was entirely broken. She was incredibly nice and charged us a fraction of what she could have, easily earned our business for life.” – Adam G.
“Bonnie is the greatest! She can design amazing custom pieces like she did for my wife – a silver bracelet with black diamonds inlaid, very delicate yet sturdy. Also, she is the best jewelry repair person in the western hemisphere. Go see her, you will not be disappointed.” – Tony & Janice O.
“Beautiful custom silver jewelry and stone pieces! I think is one of the hidden gems of Pearl Street. I bought a ladies necklace with turquoise stone and a silver money clip. The owner is a sweetheart and has lots of experience with silver, silver repair, etc.” – Patrick D.
“Great find on Pearl Street! I got an original silver ladies necklace for mom – she loved it! Also got a unique silver money clip for a friend. They also have great earrings, stone pieces, etc. The owner is super helpful and a true artist. It sounds like she’s been in the industry for a long time so she offered a lot of great advice and value in picking a piece.” – Pat D.
“Looking for unique, handmade jewelry? This place is great, the owner is a doll. I spent way too much on wonderful jewelry. You won’t be sorry you stopped here.” – Brenda W.
“Had a ring re-sized and a custom piece made out of an old mother of pearl ring and Bonnie did a beautiful job-two if my favorite rings at a totally reasonable price for such quality work. Can’t wait to go back!” – Alissa T.
“Bonnie at Sowilo Artisan Jewelry made me a custom piece of silver jewelry, a beautiful amethyst and white topaz brooch as a Christmas gift for a friend. She’s fantastic! Bonnie picked out some stones for me and I chose my favorite. The brooch is better than I could have ever anticipated. Her storefront is conveniently located and she’s a very nice lady who kept in contact if I had questions. Bonnie is warm and welcoming and made me feel at home in her shop. I can’t wait to go back and pick out jewelry for my birthday!” – Lexi A.
“A gem of a place, and a best-kept secret. Beautiful and unique jewelry and creating something new with Bonnie is an amazing experience. I found Sowilo through a casual internet search and am so thankful I did. I will return and am telling everyone about Bonnie.” – Susan K.
“Bonnie at Sowilo Artisan Jewelry is great! I have been going to see her in Golden for years. She has done a spectacular job of repairing my jewelry and her unique one-of-a-kind custom jewelry is fantastic! Anytime I need something for a special occasion, I go to Sowilo!” – Mara C.
“My wife and I both love the custom jewelry design pieces crafted from Sowilo Artisan Jewelry. I can always count on great service in helping design and craft pieces for our many special occasions.” – Kevin P.