Jewelry is sculptural but compact. This is what initially drew me to the field. What kept me here was the fascinating life each piece then lives because it exists on the wearer and acts as a tiny traveling exhibition wherever it goes.
My name is Jessica and I am the founder and creator behind DaSilva Studios. Drawing, sculpting and painting have always been at the forefront of my life, coming from a family that supported creative endeavors. During my first year as an undergrad at Rhode Island school of Design I formulated a plan to pursue jewelry. I went on to earn a Master of Art Education from UMass Dartmouth and have been teaching high school art for over a decade.
In addition to making and teaching art, my husband John Garret and I write and perform folk songs together. Recordings of that can be found at sosol.bandcamp.com.
Created primarily with kiln-fired enamels on metal, each piece is fabricated from start to finish in our home studio in Reno, NV. Inspiration comes first from the available materials, next from the process of enameling and third - but arguably most important - from scenes and imagery compelling enough to portray on small-scale glass paintings. The process of enameling involves a level of commitment to your content, and though it is an ever-present answer to this question, what inspires me most… is nature. The progressions, interactions and combinations that exist in nature are always a topic of interest to me. If they can be honored in the work I create, then I consider the time and effort worthwhile.
For this original necklace, a hand painted glass enamel landscape was created on hand-cut and formed piece of sheet copper. The pendant measures 1.5” wide and 1”tall, and is suspended from a delicate 20” sterling silver chain. I signed this piece on the back.
This one of a kind signed piece features a glass enamel miniature painting on a hand cut copper oval. The painting, which measures 23 x 32mm is set into a hand built size 9 silver ring. It captures a moment of respite in between the waking world and that of dreams.
Portrait rings such as this one, which are hand painted, are available by request! Some very unique personal items have come from this option.
This adjustable cord necklace features a hand painted glass enamel pendant. The glass image on the domed sheet copper is of poppies, and is set in a sterling silver bezel. The knots can be moved to loosen or tighten the necklace, and the cords can hang at different lengths for a layered look. The size of the circular pendant is 1”.
This is a hand painted enamel image inspired by a photograph of Frida Kahlo. It was fused onto formed copper that sits atop a hand fabricated silver ring with a bezel.
This hand painted enamel image was kiln-fired onto hand cut copper. The pendant was set in a silver bezel and hangs from a delicate 20”sterling silver chain.
These hand cut earrings feature tiny glass enamel paintings of gesturing hands fired onto copper. The paintings dangle from silver loops with posts on the back.
These earrings feature a top shape made of glass enamel that was kiln-fired onto lightweight sheet copper with a delicate double chain draped beneath it. This edition has a transparent soft pink sifted over an opaque dove gray coat, creating a gradient effect. Each earring measures 1” across and 2.25” from top to bottom. They attach to your ears with posts. The backs are forest green.
This piece features a hand painted enamel image of the beautiful landscape and geological wonders of this location. The painting is fused onto a hand cut copper oval that is framed by a hand fabricated silver bezel. The pendant hangs from an elegant 30” sterling silver cable chain, which allows it to fall mid-chest.
Enamel scenes such as this one, which are hand painted, can be made as CUSTOM orders! If you have a particular landscape or scene you would like to have on a piece of handmade jewelry please send us a message so we can hear your vision and make it for you!
These dangle earrings feature melted glass colors on thin copper hand-cut sheet metal. The 1” discs are suspended from an inch of sterling silver chain, making the entire earring (ear hook included) 2.5” in length. In this edition, a transparent sky blue was sifted over solid dove gray to create a gradient effect. The backs are goldenrod yellow.
Is a portrait of your pet something you need in your life? Would this make the perfect gift for a loved one? If so, please allow us to make this happen for you!
Each enamel piece is hand painted and fired in a kiln, creating a solid glass image that sits safely within a silver bezel.
Provide a clear photo of the pet you’d like to celebrate and we will give you an heirloom quality wearable keepsake!