Victoria Lansford



I’ve always thought of myself as a metalsmith rather than a jeweler. My work is not about rocks. It is sculptural, and the stones I treat as found objects that bring contrasting color and light into my pieces. I prefer to use stones that are environmentally and politically ethically mined, and hope one day to make a difference in the procurement of precious metals as well.

I love the translucent opals that make me feel like I'm gazing into exotic landscapes or under the sea. With the exception of the brilliantly colored titanium bonded drusies, I tend to stay away from stones that are irradiated or heat or laser treated, preferring color created by nature.


Koroit (Boulder) Opal: These are some of my most favorite. All of the ones I have used so far come from a mine owned by Gene McDevitt in Queensland, Australia. Gene spends about 6 months of the year digging and cutting in the outback then brings them home to the States to taunt us artist types. His cuts are wonderful to work with, and the stones themselves are mesmerizing.

Deep Blue

Peruvian Opal: These are some of my other favorites. When held up to the light, they remind me of coral reefs in the Caribbean. They range from clear to green to blue with beautiful dendrites (those ferny things inside), and more and more the pink ones are becoming available as well.

"Water from the Moon"

Drusy: These look like a rock split open to reveal a geode. They occur when a layer of quartz naturally forms across one side of another stone, giving those tiny crystalline structures on the surface.

Moon Phases

Titanium Bonded Chalcedony Drusy: These stones have a layer of titanium vacuum bonded to the surface. The brilliant color is formed when the titanium is heated. This coloring is permanent and very durable. When I go for stones that have been treated, I go for the ones that have been REALLY messed with.




Pearls: I use primarily freshwater pearls, including Biwa pearls, which come from lake Biwa in Japan and are easily identified by the oval or teardrop shapes and the characteristic banding around the middle. Some of the pearl colors occur without any enhancement (white, cream, pale pink, gray). The more unusual colors come from mussels and oysters that have been treated to produce nacre of a specific color. The color goes all the way through the pearl. I NEVER use any DYED pearls. Because of the demand, all pearls are cultured or farmed now.


  Pebble Beach

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