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Featured Shop: SD Marie Jewelry

Oct 30, 2013

by Sam Danielson

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My name is Sam Danielson, and I am the designer and maker of SD Marie Jewelry. All the magic happens in my jewelry workshop, which is in the basement of my home in Montrose, Minnesota.

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When I discovered Etsy in 2010, I was recently married, living in a new home, and working at a bank. At the time, I was making jewelry for family, friends and myself as an outlet from my unimaginative job. Any creative being knows that if you keep that creativity inside and don’t use it, it can start to destroy you. So I said, why not? I never thought I would be able to reach out to people outside my city, let alone the whole world.

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I spend a lot of time sketching, because when I’m feeling creative my ideas spill out rapidly, and I need to get them on paper before I forget. Inspiration comes randomly: while running, listening to music, falling asleep at night, or simply walking down the street. Once I have a nice collection of ideas, I get out my torch and metal and get to work. Sometimes when I have a design in mind, the metal refuses to listen and a whole new idea emerges. All the magic is in the metal. The way it can be transformed into infinite shapes, colors, and textures is inspiration all its own.

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I learned the soldering process, as well as the patience and precision needed to make a quality piece of jewelry, at a metal smithing class taught by the insanely talented Kirk Sklar. I gave my first few pieces to family or melted them down into scrap, but one survived. It features a perfect piece of green chrysoprase (my favorite stone). When I wear it, it reminds me of where I’ve been and where I can go when I work hard.

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I have always designed jewelry that pleases me, without allowing others’ eyebrow-raising opinions to change the work I present. That said, I really enjoy custom requests because they allow each person to interpret my designs in a different way, and make them their own. Plus, one-of-a-kind pieces are the best!

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Running a creative business has made me love life. It’s freeing to take your imagination any place you want, and use your hands to bring those ideas to reality.  The fact that others enjoy my work enough to spend their hard-earned money on it is humbling. Thank you to all those who have supported me and given me a great gift: allowing me to be a jeweler.

All photographs by SD Marie Jewelry.

Featured Shop Archive

Small Sterling Spike Hoops - Matte
Small Sterling Spike Hoops - Matte
SDMarieJewelry
$42.00 USD
Sterling Necklace with Rings - Black and White Collection
Sterling Necklace with Rings - Black and White Collection
SDMarieJewelry
$62.00 USD
Triangle Ring - Sterling Silver - Made to Order - Hammered
Triangle Ring - Sterling Silver - Made to Order - Hammered
SDMarieJewelry
$54.00 USD
Geometric Statement Ear Climber - Sterling Silver - ONE EARRING
Geometric Statement Ear Climber - Sterling Silver - ONE EARRING
SDMarieJewelry
$38.00 USD
Recycled Sterling Drop on Chain
Recycled Sterling Drop on Chain
SDMarieJewelry
$58.00 USD
E is for Emmy - in 14 Kt Goldfill - Custom Initial Charm - Handmade
E is for Emmy - in 14 Kt Goldfill - Custom Initial Charm - Handmade
SDMarieJewelry
$36.00 USD
Tiny Upside Down Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Choose from 14kt Gold Fill, 14kt Rose Gold Fill, or Sterling Silver
Tiny Upside Down Teardrop Hoop Earrings - Choose from 14kt Gold Fill, 14kt Rose Gold Fill, or Sterling Silver
SDMarieJewelry
$14.00 USD
Bar Hook Earrings - Sterling Silver and 14kt Gold Fill Varieties
Bar Hook Earrings - Sterling Silver and 14kt Gold Fill Varieties
SDMarieJewelry
$16.00 USD
The Original E is for Emmy, Pick Your Letter, Custom Initial Letter Necklace, Sterling Silver on Chain
The Original E is for Emmy, Pick Your Letter, Custom Initial Letter Necklace, Sterling Silver on Chain
SDMarieJewelry
$32.00 USD
Large Aztec Statement Ring - Sterling Silver
Large Aztec Statement Ring - Sterling Silver
SDMarieJewelry
$105.00 USD
Sterling Heart on Copper Chain Bracelet or Anklet - Antique Finish
Sterling Heart on Copper Chain Bracelet or Anklet - Antique Finish
SDMarieJewelry
$35.00 USD
Green Onyx Gemstone Ring - Sterling Silver - Size 7 3/4
Green Onyx Gemstone Ring - Sterling Silver - Size 7 3/4
SDMarieJewelry
$65.00 USD
Long Oxidized Stud / Post Sterling Silver Earrings with Stem
Long Oxidized Stud / Post Sterling Silver Earrings with Stem
SDMarieJewelry
$22.00 USD
Hook Bangle Bracelet - Choose from Brass, 14kt Goldfill, (Yellow or Rose) or Sterling Silver - Made to order
Hook Bangle Bracelet - Choose from Brass, 14kt Goldfill, (Yellow or Rose) or Sterling Silver - Made to order
SDMarieJewelry
$22.00 USD
Key Ring - Antique Sterling Silver
Key Ring - Antique Sterling Silver
SDMarieJewelry
$28.00 USD
Garnet Bar Earrings with Long Post - Sterling Silver
Garnet Bar Earrings with Long Post - Sterling Silver
SDMarieJewelry
$42.00 USD
Smoky Quartz Wire Wrapped Bracelet - Sterling Silver with Tag
Smoky Quartz Wire Wrapped Bracelet - Sterling Silver with Tag
SDMarieJewelry
$45.00 USD
Gold Bar Knuckle Ring - 14kt Goldfill - Hammered - Made to Order
Gold Bar Knuckle Ring - 14kt Goldfill - Hammered - Made to Order
SDMarieJewelry
$58.00 USD
Bar Earrings - 14kt Gold Fill - Posts - Studs
Bar Earrings - 14kt Gold Fill - Posts - Studs
SDMarieJewelry
$36.00 USD
Long Spike Post Earrings - Sterling Silver
Long Spike Post Earrings - Sterling Silver
SDMarieJewelry
$36.00 USD
Teardrop Ring - Sterling Silver - Made to Order
Teardrop Ring - Sterling Silver - Made to Order
SDMarieJewelry
$42.00 USD
Shield Ring - Sterling Silver - Made to Order
Shield Ring - Sterling Silver - Made to Order
SDMarieJewelry
$40.00 USD
The Original E is for Emmy, Pick Your Letter, Custom Initial Letter Necklace on Sterling Chain
The Original E is for Emmy, Pick Your Letter, Custom Initial Letter Necklace on Sterling Chain
SDMarieJewelry
$32.00 USD
Sterling Ring with Dangling Beaded Pins
Sterling Ring with Dangling Beaded Pins
SDMarieJewelry
$56.00 USD
Sterling Silver Wire Wrapped Bar Ring
Sterling Silver Wire Wrapped Bar Ring
SDMarieJewelry
$62.00 USD
Oxidized Sterling Spiked Funk Ring - Made to Order
Oxidized Sterling Spiked Funk Ring - Made to Order
SDMarieJewelry
$52.00 USD
Arrow Hook Earrings - Sterling Silver
Arrow Hook Earrings - Sterling Silver
SDMarieJewelry
$48.00 USD
Wire Wrapped Bangle - Sterling Silver - Antique Finish - Hammered
Wire Wrapped Bangle - Sterling Silver - Antique Finish - Hammered
SDMarieJewelry
$92.00 USD
Twisted Rope 14kt Goldfill Bar Earrings - Minimalist
Twisted Rope 14kt Goldfill Bar Earrings - Minimalist
SDMarieJewelry
$25.00 USD
Stamped Bar Cluster Necklace - Sterling Silver - Custom Name or Word
Stamped Bar Cluster Necklace - Sterling Silver - Custom Name or Word
SDMarieJewelry
$45.00 USD
Arrow Sterling Silver Stud Earrings - Choose your finish
Arrow Sterling Silver Stud Earrings - Choose your finish
SDMarieJewelry
$42.00 USD
Sterling Spike Dangle Ring - Stacker - Made to Order
Sterling Spike Dangle Ring - Stacker - Made to Order
SDMarieJewelry
$34.00 USD
Tribal Arrow Ring - Sterling Silver - Made to Order
Tribal Arrow Ring - Sterling Silver - Made to Order
SDMarieJewelry
$64.00 USD
Set of Two Stacking Rings - Geometric - Sterling Silver
Set of Two Stacking Rings - Geometric - Sterling Silver
SDMarieJewelry
$64.00 USD
Chunky Amethyst Slab on Sterling Rolo Chain
Chunky Amethyst Slab on Sterling Rolo Chain
SDMarieJewelry
$65.00 USD
Stamped Triangle Stud Earrings -Sterling Silver
Stamped Triangle Stud Earrings -Sterling Silver
SDMarieJewelry
$56.00 USD
Overlapping Sterling Silver Textured Band - Made to Order
Overlapping Sterling Silver Textured Band - Made to Order
SDMarieJewelry
$36.00 USD
Sterling Ring with Brass Bead Accent
Sterling Ring with Brass Bead Accent
SDMarieJewelry
$30.00 USD
Twisted Copper and Sterling Stacker Ring - ONE RING - Made to Order - Antique Finish
Twisted Copper and Sterling Stacker Ring - ONE RING - Made to Order - Antique Finish
SDMarieJewelry
$36.00 USD
Floating Triangle Knuckle Ring - Sterling Silver - Hammered - Asymmetrical
Floating Triangle Knuckle Ring - Sterling Silver - Hammered - Asymmetrical
SDMarieJewelry
$128.00 USD
Sterling Silver Chevron Necklace
Sterling Silver Chevron Necklace
SDMarieJewelry
$72.00 USD
Sterling Silver Arrow Post Earrings
Sterling Silver Arrow Post Earrings
SDMarieJewelry
$32.00 USD
Large Statement 14kt Gold Fill Triangle Ring - Made to Order
Large Statement 14kt Gold Fill Triangle Ring - Made to Order
SDMarieJewelry
$92.00 USD
Chunky Prehnite Stone on Sterling Silver Ring - Oxidzied Dark Gray - Size 6.75
Chunky Prehnite Stone on Sterling Silver Ring - Oxidzied Dark Gray - Size 6.75
SDMarieJewelry
$110.00 USD
Green Leopard Skin Gemstone on Sterling Silver - Geometric - Oxidized - Size 7.5
Green Leopard Skin Gemstone on Sterling Silver - Geometric - Oxidized - Size 7.5
SDMarieJewelry
$122.00 USD
14kt Goldfill Ring with Diamond Shaped Dangling Charm - Made to Order
14kt Goldfill Ring with Diamond Shaped Dangling Charm - Made to Order
SDMarieJewelry
$48.00 USD
Quartz in Oxidized Sterling Silver - Bracelet - Wire Wrapped
Quartz in Oxidized Sterling Silver - Bracelet - Wire Wrapped
SDMarieJewelry
$69.00 USD
Geometric Arrow Necklace - Black and White Collection - Sterling Silver - Chain
Geometric Arrow Necklace - Black and White Collection - Sterling Silver - Chain
SDMarieJewelry
$56.00 USD
Geometric Diamond with Beaded Side - Sterling Silver - Chain Necklace - Asymmetrical
Geometric Diamond with Beaded Side - Sterling Silver - Chain Necklace - Asymmetrical
SDMarieJewelry
$68.00 USD
Geometric Statement Bangle - Sterling Silver - Hook and Eye
Geometric Statement Bangle - Sterling Silver - Hook and Eye
SDMarieJewelry
$82.00 USD
Quartz on Long Sterling Hook Earrings - Asymmetric
Quartz on Long Sterling Hook Earrings - Asymmetric
SDMarieJewelry
$58.00 USD
Claw Earrings - Sterling Silver - Posts - Studs
Claw Earrings - Sterling Silver - Posts - Studs
SDMarieJewelry
$45.00 USD
Large Geometric Hook Bangle - Sterling Silver
Large Geometric Hook Bangle - Sterling Silver
SDMarieJewelry
$86.00 USD
Pyrite and Sterling Silver Wire Bracelet
Pyrite and Sterling Silver Wire Bracelet
SDMarieJewelry
$65.00 USD
Crescent Moon Wire Ring - Sterling Silver - Made to Order
Crescent Moon Wire Ring - Sterling Silver - Made to Order
SDMarieJewelry
$46.00 USD
Arrow End Ring - Sterling Silver - Made to Order
Arrow End Ring - Sterling Silver - Made to Order
SDMarieJewelry
$59.00 USD
Chevron Arrow Necklace - Sterling Silver
Chevron Arrow Necklace - Sterling Silver
SDMarieJewelry
$59.00 USD
Geometric Sterling Necklace
Geometric Sterling Necklace
SDMarieJewelry
$62.00 USD
Rhodochrosite Statement Ring - Knuckle Ring - Sterling Silver - Size 7
Rhodochrosite Statement Ring - Knuckle Ring - Sterling Silver - Size 7
SDMarieJewelry
$142.00 USD
Purple Sugilite Gemstone in Sterling Silver Statement Ring - Size 8.5
Purple Sugilite Gemstone in Sterling Silver Statement Ring - Size 8.5
SDMarieJewelry
$120.00 USD

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