I developed the Captured setting technique years ago when I would find seashells and other unique beachcombing artifacts that I wanted to turn into jewelry. I’ve never been a huge fan of making prong settings, which would have been a perfectly acceptable way to set such items, so instead I developed the Captured setting. Since the shells and beach artifacts were irregularly shaped, capturing them in an open box/window with crossbars holding them in place seemed like a logical way for me to set them. The Captured setting has a bit of a dadaist feel to me -- it’s like the anti-setting. I’ve always been attracted to what is different and unusual, and my Captured pieces definitely have a signature look that you won’t find from anyone else. Today I capture polished gemstones and interesting rough stones. I let the stone dictate the overall design. It’s fun to make extravagant Captured pieces with plique-a-jour, but sometimes the stone simply deserves to become a drop earring or stud.
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