Gallery Exhibit at The Bellefonte Art Museum of Centre County

This week, my collections were installed in the Jewelry Gallery at the Bellefonte Art Museum of Centre County and will be displayed through February, 2017. This museum is a wonderful gem in the quaint historic town of Bellefonte, PA. The museum, established 9 years ago, is located in the beautiful Linn House, built in 1810, and is located in beautiful downtown Bellefonte, a block from the courthouse.

Delicate Two-Tone Loop in Loop Necklace

Ancient Greek Drachm in 14K gold setting.
Coin circa 325 B.C.
I received a custom request for a necklace to suit a very special pendant, a gift for a 50th wedding anniversary. The pendant is an ancient Greek drachm, dating to approximately 325 B.C., set into a 14K gold setting. I was incredibly please with how this item turned out.

The pendant is stunning, and the client asked what kind of chain I would

Symbolism in My Designs

Symbolism is very important to me as I create many of my jewelry designs. While sometimes the design itself speaks to me, many times it's the meaning, or feeling, of the piece that comes before the design.

The Circle

The circle is a powerful symbol that has been important to humans as long as recorded history. It is a universal symbol in most cultures, often symbolizing wholeness, completeness, infinity and timelessness. Cultures throughout time have used the circle to

Korte Jewelry Designs - Byzantine Collection

Armour of the Ottoman Empire,
chainmaille shirt with
armor plates.
Chainmaille (also referred to as chain mail or maille) dates back to as far as the Etruscans in the 4th century B.C., although there is some evidence of earlier scale armor. The technique of weaving rings together to form armor spread worldwide, including as far as India and China. The Byzantine Empire then brought chainmaille to Europe, and during the Middle Ages it was commonly used as battle armor.

To create chainmaille, wire is wound into coils, the coils are cut into rings, and then each ring is individually opened, woven into a pattern, and then closed. The early European patterns alternated between rows of soldered rings and rows of riveted rings, but after the 14th century all rings were riveted.

Korte Jewelry Designs - Etruscan Collection

Etruscan Circular Pendant on a Chain.
Walters Art Museum 
Humans have always felt the need to adorn themselves, with the first known shell beads dating back over 100,000 years ago. The first gold jewelry, made from electrum, which is a natural alloy of gold and silver, dates back to the Egyptians around 5000 B.C., and the first gold chains were produced in Ur, the most powerful city-state in Mesopotamia, around 2500 B.C. The ancient chains were made in high karat