Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Featured Artist - Rasmussen Gems and Jewellery, LLC

Good Morning,

Today we feature a fellow Metal-smith, Jon Rasmussen and his wife Debora of Rasmussen Gems and Jewellery, LLC.  I have had the pleasure of getting to know their work through the site Handmade Artists where they have a shop and Jon participates on the forums.

What the Rasmussen's say:
All jewelry and gemstones offered here are handcrafted in our shop. Debora does beading to design and fabricate necklaces, anklets, bracelets, ear rings, and key chains. John does lapidary to cut the gemstones, metalsmithing (silver and copper) to make the jewelry and wire wrapping. If you need something made to your order, please message us. Custom orders are always accepted. All Sterling silver pendants will come with a 20 inch Sterling silver box chain with a ring clasp.  All mixed metal, copper and brass pendants will come with a 20 inch leather necklace.  Clasp on the leather will vary due to availability. Gem identification and appraisal services are also available. 

Jon does a variety of things, from cutting and shaping the stones he works with to creating the finished piece.  His work ranges in price and is always beautiful and unique.

Emerald Cabochon Pendant

 29.53 carat high dome sugar loaf EMERALS cabochon mined in Franklin, NC and cut in our lapidary.  The frame was designed and constructed in our shop.  The frame was made with square and half round Sterling silver wire. The entire product was handmade in America.

Copper Arcs Pendant 1041

 This copper pendant was forged from 8 gauge half round wire, then soldered together with silver solder.  The pendant is about 2 inches long.  Each arc was 1 inch before dapping ang putting the design together.  A leather necklace 20 inches long will be furnished with this pendant.

An accomplished lapidary, Jon also cuts and fashions pieces for purchase as well.

Citrine Tear Drop Gem

 9.6 carats of beautiful citrine has been faceted.  This gem is loupe clear of inclusions and has good clean facet meets.  Would make a fantastic showy cocktail style ring.  Could also be used for a pendant on a necklace.  The stone measures 17.91 x 12.83 x 8.58 mm, so it should fit into 18 x 13 calibrated findings.


Debora does the beading and designs lanyards, necklaces and other pieces to incorporate into the finished designs or pieces that Jon creates, and her own stand alone pieces that are Ready-to-Wear.

 Necklace and Earring Set 1061

 22 inches of colorful blue and green beads (round about 1 cm in diameter) accented with clear beads with a black core make up the necklace.  The matching earrings feature one of each bead.

Necklace and Earring Set 1033

Very unique design featuring a life saver toggle clasp and orange donut discs accented with purple and orange round beads, this necklace is 29 inches long.  The matching earrings have white pearls in the donut hole.


Thank you for stopping in and having a look.  We hope we have inspired or encouraged you to have a look at what else the Rasmussen's have on offer in the shop.


The Alchemsits Vessel would like to wish you a pleasant day.


  1. You have such a pretty blog Alix. great post on John.

  2. Very nicely done, Alix.....such creative peeps, those two...

  3. Thanks Alix, hope all is going well out there in the NW.


  4. Excellent feature on John & Debora, Alix! :)