Pet Portraits In Metal

Sunstone Designs

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!

Pet Portraits In Mixed Metal
Portrait Pendant in sterling silver, copper and brass.

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My jewelry, at Sunstone Designs, is not limited to items for you to wear on your ears, fingers, or toes. I offer anklets, bracelets, dog tags, custom dog charms, various types of pendants, charms, and even memorial 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.

Having Mastiffs, English Mastiffs or Old English Mastiffs (in the US the proper name for the breed is Mastiff), I specialize in Mastiff jewelry, Mastiff charms, Mastiff pendants and of course one of my most popular pieces is the Lion Cuff, a sterling silver cuff with a Mastiff quote hand stamped into the silver, the Lion Cuff is shown below. If you are looking for dog themed jewelry I do it all, from custom dog tags for that very special pet, to custom memorial jewelry, to rings, earrings and charms I do it all and if you don’t find what you’re looking for, just ask!

I ship via USPS Priority, postage alone is $6.80 and that does not count packaging, gas, wear and tear etc., I feel sad that there is a need to explain this.

Please note that my turnaround time is typically 2-4 weeks, if you need a piece sooner I am happy to rush it for you for an additional fee. I also have a strict no return or refund policy on custom and stamped pieces.

A Sunstone Designs exclusive signature piece is the Lion Cuff which is part of my poetry pieces collection. 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

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What the Lion is to the Cat the Mastiff is to the Dog, the noblest of the family; he stands alone, and all others sinking before him. His courage does not exceed its temper and generosity and in attachment he equals the kindest of his race. His docility is perfect; the teasing of the smaller kinds will hardly provoke him to resent, and I have seen him down with his paw the Terrier or cur that has bit him, without offering further injury. 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.”

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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. Please note that my turnaround time is typically 2-4 weeks, if you need a piece sooner I am happy to rush it for you for an additional fee. I also have a strict no return or refund policy on custom and stamped pieces.

Wholesale inquiries are welcome with a minimum of $200~ feel free to email me barrie@sunstonedesigns.com

Because my work is highly personal I do care about who wears and owns it, so I do reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.