Jewelry artist's creativity and imagination allow us to enjoy the beauty of their creations. The ability to create something out of their beautiful minds and be enjoyed, treasured, and cherished by many is a priceless feeling.
MEET THE JEWELRY ARTIST
@languageofstones on Instagram
This is Merrill Henson, a jewelry artist based in Portland, Oregon. She has been creating jewelry for 3.5 years now.
THE JOURNEY TO CREATING JEWELRY
What inspired Merrill to start making jewelry is it was actually a way to keep her hands busy and be able to channel her anxiety into something productive. She elaborated that she never expected it to become more than a hobby, but she said as many of her fellow metalsmiths know, the minute you learn how to solder, there’s nothing else you’d rather do.
Recalling her journey when she was just starting out, Merrill said it was a mess. Being entirely self-taught and relying heavily on YouTube and books for instruction, there were countless mistakes and ruined pieces. She also shared that tears were shed, things were thrown in frustration, and self doubt was always present; adding that it still is. However, Merrill is tenacious and she became addicted to those moments when things clicked into place.
Upon asking if there was a story behind her brand name or IG handle, Merrill started with saying that humans are story tellers. Elaborating that it’s what connects us to one another and what reminds us of our past.
"Jewelry often serves as a physical reminder of a special moment in the stories of our lives. Heirloom pieces passed from generation to generation contain a wealth of memories experienced by their wearers. We tell stories about our favorite rings, necklaces, earrings and bracelets. And there’s a certain language used in these retellings. This veneration for these objects goes even deeper when taking into consideration their stones. These small, lovely pieces of earth have experienced hundreds of thousands of years buried under Earths crust," she explained.
She often wonders what stories they would tell, if only they had the ability and the language to do so. Thus, “Language of Stones” spoke to Merrill.
ARTIST’S DESIGN STYLE
"I can’t remember my first “AHA!” moment or a specific design I was really pleased with in the beginning," Merrill said when we asked if she had that one big AHA! moment when she was just getting started. She said there’s been many smaller “AHA!” moments throughout her journey. Most recently, she has been pretty pleased with her Shadowbox split band rings, a botanical shadowbox sitting adjacent to a stone.
Here are some of Merrill's gorgeous creations!