Doug Merrill

Doug Merrill

My career as a jewelry designer and silversmith began in 1971 during my sophomore year of college at CSU Fort Collins, Colorado. At that time I enrolled in a beginning jewelry-making class, where I was taught to use the basic tools of the trade and where I made my first primitive pieces.
At Fort Lewis College in Durango the following year, I enrolled in classes including Southwest Studies and Indian Arts and Crafts, where my love for turquoise jewelry in general - and Navajo jewelry in particular - influenced the design and fabrication of my early pieces.
Over the past 47 years, my jewelry styles and techniques have evolved, as has my use of gemstones from around the world and of every color of the rainbow.
 
Being part of Manifestations Gallery has given me a wonderful opportunity to continue to develop my art and craft ... and to share my love of the materials and the process with others.
Manifestations Gallery is truly a gallery of vision and spirit.  Come in and see and touch what we as artist and co-creators find interesting and beautiful ... and share with us your vision and spirit.
the jewelery bench

the jewelery bench

at my home in NW Montana. Seldom this neat and clean

chrysoprase, sterling silver and

chrysoprase, sterling silver and

14kt gold bracelet. I've been including gold in some of the pieces to "warm up" the look and feel of the piece.

special order set

special order set

with chrysoprase in sterling silver

a sample of production bracelet

a sample of production bracelet

patterns in sterling silver. Widths shown include 5/16, 3/8 and 9/16 inches

sterling silver bracelet

sterling silver bracelet

set up for soldering

sterling silver and 14kt gold

sterling silver and 14kt gold

bracelet with Ajax (Nevada) turquoise cabachons

Sterling silver production bracelet

Sterling silver production bracelet

with 16x9 mm Chinese turquoise cabachon

a sample of production bracelet

patterns in sterling silver. Widths shown include 5/16, 3/8 and 9/16 inches