Fine Handwrought Jewelry
Woman’s Way is a jewelry design team with a store that was known as The Brass Ring from 1974 to 1995 in Nashville, IN. As Woman’s Way, Carrie and Janet have continued as members of the Brown County Craft Gallery for many years and showed their work in juried art and craft shows throughout the Midwest. They currently operate a new gallery at their home in rural Brown County.
The story begins with gemstones — Carrie as a geologist and Janet as a graduate gemologist, both fascinated with the world of natural beauty in cutting stones and setting them. Today, although they no longer do much gem cutting, much of their silver and goldsmithing work still is meant to highlight beautiful stones and natural forms.
Carrie studied silversmithing at IU and later at Penland School of Crafts, with emphasis on designing, forging and fabricated work. Her proficiency in lost wax casting and other techniques grew over a long career and technical workshops, both learning and teaching. Metal barely won out over gemcutting, but most of her jewelry work still features stones or fossils.
Janet’s work as a gem cutter led to setting fine picture jaspers and semiprecious stones in fabricated and forged silver jewelry. She ultimately became a GIA Graduate Gemologist after winning a full scholarship from Jewelers of America for the final three years of the four-year course of study. Janet is now mostly retired from the jeweler’s bench but is still a strong voice in choosing gemstones.