Caitlin Albritton Jewelry

Caitlin Albritton Jewelry

About The Artist

Caitlin Albritton • Tampa, FL

Itching to get hands-on with paint, inspiration struck when combining her love of painting and rockhounding into playful, wearable mosaics crafted with inlay—the marriage of silversmithing and lapidary where bits of stone are hand-cut to fit into silver pockets. Caressing myths of humanity’s ascent using nature’s treasures as her medium, these figurative wearable works explore the nuances of non-verbal communication through body language.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

Instead of typical jewelry settings where the silver is made to fit the stone, the technique of inlay is where stones are cut to fit specific slots made with sterling silver wire. Because I want to know the quality of everything that’s put into my wearable inlay paintings, I do all of the silversmithing and lapidary (stone cutting) in my works.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

Ever since my parent’s took some garden rocks, spray painted them gold, and hid them in my sandbox for me to find “gold nuggets,” I’ve always been an avid rockhound—taking trips specifically to collect gemstones at different locales. There’s nothing that lights my soul on fire more than taking self-collected materials that have been carefully made by Mother Nature and transforming them into tiny works of art that highlight the beauty of the natural world.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

Figuration in jewelry isn’t commonly seen, especially since some of my figurative pieces are more abstracted. My inlays treat the terrain of our chests as a new kind of black-, brown-, or white-walled gallery space. Paintings aren’t just to be squirreled away on the walls over our couches, but to be freely strutting the world outside.