Welcome to Sunstone Designs’ home on the web.
My name is Barrie and I am a self taught jewelry artist and crazy dog lady! My background is actually in industrial and oilflield welding but an injury put my welding career on hold in 2006 and Sunstone Designs was born!
Much of my work is animal inspired and pet memorial pieces are one of my specialties. I primarily work in sterling silver but also specialize in mixed metals, using sterling silver, copper and brass, as shown in the piece below, which is actually a 1″ x 1″ pendant that I created using photos of one of my dogs. As you can see, I am a Mastiff enthusiast and bull breeds are my specialty but I love all dogs and love to create unique jewelry pieces of them for their owners!
For more information on my Pet Portraits just click!
My jewelry, at Sunstone Jewelry, is not just limited to items for you to wear on your ears, fingers, or toes. I offer anklets, bracelets, dog tags, various types of pendants, charms, and even memory pieces. Feel free to browse the gallery, which showcases some of my work but also look over the other pages where you can purchase a hand crafted, one of a kind piece of your own.
A Sunstone Designs exclusive signature piece is the poetry cuff. This is a 1″ wide cuff style bracelet in either sterling silver or copper, with a quote of your choice, stamped, by hand, on letter at a time to make a piece that is truly unique and one of a kind. It all started with what I call ‘The Lion Cuff’ which is the quintessential Mastiff quote:
“What the Lion is to the Cat the Mastiff is to the Dog, the noblest of the family;
he stands alone, and all others sink before him.
His courage does not exceed his temper and generosity and in
attachment he equals the kindest of his race.”
Cynographia Britannica, circa 1800
Another favorite is the “He is your friend . . . ” quote:
“He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart.”
To stay up to date with my work as I am creating it please visit Sunstone Designs on Facebook and make sure to like and follow the page.
As always thank all of you for supporting Sunstone Designs, without your continued support I would not be able to bring these pieces to life.