Natalie T. is a collection of Fine Artisan Jewelry designed and hand wrought by Denise Graves. Her work blends beautiful metal smithing techniques with precious gemstones executed in Argentium Silver and 18k Gold.
The organic shapes of the newest line are reminiscent of the currents and moods of the sea. The result culminates into a unique, lustrous and shimmering finish on a Argentium Silver pendant, bracelet or earrings.
A lifelong love affair with the sea is distinct in the watery colors of Natalie T.'s line. Some pieces are accented in 18k Rose or Yellow Gold with a beautiful gemstone. A sampling of the gemstones used are Sapphire, Blue Zircon, Aquamarine, Tanzanite, Iolite, Apatite and Chalcedony. Chalcedony, known as a healing stone, dominates these designs. Its translucent effect is said to restore calm and balance, and encourage progress and growth.
Denise Graves is a jeweler and artist whose passion for creativity was fostered by her grandparents — a craftswoman named Natalie Turner Sampson ("Natalie T.") and a painter, woodcarver and craftsman named Howard Sampson — who encouraged young Denise's imaginative impulses.
Denise formalized her creative passions and love of design in college with a degree in fine arts with a concentration in metalsmithing. She then landed an apprenticeship with an Italian Jeweler learning the art of diamond setting including pave', prong, flush, and channel setting. She has since taught metalsmithing in various regions where she has lived, sharing her love of the forging process with her students. While she enjoys teaching, Denise considers herself an eternal student as well.
Currently based amidst the lakes and mountains of New Hampshire's Monadnock Region, Denise's work can be found in the Sharon Fine Arts & Craft Gallery, Peterborough, NH., Vermont Artisan Design, Brattleboro, Vt., Hannah Grimes Marketplace, Keene, NH. and at select juried Artisan Fairs throughout New England.
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