ELKTON — Jewelry artist Stacey Peterson calls her work “classic.” In fact, it’s so classic she’s using methods with roots in pre-industrialized times. Peterson, who works under the name Sta-C, creates artisan jewelry – loopy ear- rings, understated necklaces and viking knit bracelets. She developed her signa-ture look after studying gemstone faceting, silver metalsmithing, stone cutting, stone setting and inlay, among other methods.“The problem is I like to try so many things,” said Peterson.Peterson said she always had an interest in the arts. Before jewelry making, she expressed herself through sewing and quilting. Now jewelry making is somewhere between a hobby and a job. She worked in an office before taking a break to raise her family. With her children grown, she is able to dedicate as much time as she likes to her craft.One piece in the collection on display at The Palette & The Page is a silver inlay bracelet, which Peterson said she worked on for about 10 hours over several days.At first glance, Peterson’s work is no-nonsense. Peterson said she takes pride in how her jewelry can transition between events: “You could wear it with your jeans, you could wear it to work.”But a closer look reveals complicated braids, Celtic designs and layered stones. “I tend to be a little obsessed with detail,” she said.Peterson’s introduction to jewelry making happened seven years ago when she discovered gemstone faceting while on vacation. After that, jewelry was the obvious choice for Christmas presents to family and friends.Her formal training began at William Holland Lapidary School in Georgia. She now travels one to two times a year to attend workshops.Much of her work is done in sterling silver, which Peterson admits can be an ex- pensive form to work in. But if she makes a mistake, she just melts it down and starts over.She often takes her own work for a test drive, ex perimenting with different sized stones and making sure the metal design will be comfortable for the wearer. Rings and bracelets are her favorites to wear – and usually multiple at a time. Whenever she puts on a certain piece, Peterson said it takes her back to a memory or reminds her of the person who gave it to her.“Everybody needs more jewelry,” said Peterson.To find out more about Peterson, visit her website www. stormflightdesigns.com.
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