Kelly Jacobson’s handmade jewelry is influenced by her background as a fine artist. Jacobson’s designs are inspired by sculptural surfaces and negative space.
Every piece starts with a rough sketch and then evolves into a 3D CAD model. The wax is digitally printed and cast in an anti-tarnish silver alloy, 10 or 14 karat gold, or can be special ordered in a variety of precious metals with a variety of gemstones and diamonds.
With a lifelong passion for making, Jacobson received her BFA in Metals from Southern Illinois University in 2001, her MFA in sculpture from Alfred University in 2009, and was awarded her Graduate Gemologist certification from GIA in 2013. She is published in Art Jewelry Today, volumes 1 and 2, was the 2014 Carelle Grant recipient, and is a proud member of the Women’s Jewelry Association.
Since starting the business in 2010, Jacobson continues to make each piece by hand in her studio workshop, blending the best of old and new technologies. Her work embraces traditional metalsmithing techniques, industrial fabrication processes, and computer aided design.
She lives with her husband, daughter, and dog outside of Chicago.