The jewelry of Nora Swanson Arts combines unique patinas on brass or copper and beautiful stones including the extraordinary Kentucky agate.
She is constantly innovating and developing new patinas. It is a natural process with no enamels, paints or dyes on the metal. The metal rearranges its surface molecules, changing how it refracts light, which is how we see color. This is a magical dance between chemistry, physics, and art. The challenge is to create consistent results so the unique colors can be given fun names and can be made available to collectors on an ongoing basis. Nora uses modern science to create jewelry that feels as if it is an ancient treasure from an archaeological dig or a ship buried deep beneath the sea.