Since I was a child I have been fascinated with all things small and have enjoyed making objects in various media. In college at the University of Tennessee, while studying other forms of art, I was introduced to metalsmithing. I was hooked and later began studying with greater focus at The Appalachian Center for Arts and Crafts. There I was exposed to techniques including casting, blacksmithing, holloware and jewelry fabrication. Jewelry making became my passion. My education continues today as I further study stone setting techniques, gemology, the art of hand engraving, wax carving, chasing and repousse. In 2006, I completed the Graduate Gemologist diploma program with the Gemological Institute of America. I received extensive training in gemstone identification and quality grading of diamonds and colored gems. I am in love with learning and each new subject contributes to the jewelry I create.
- Carrie Nunes