Bench Life

This summer was filled with seemingly endless teaching, some much needed adventure and a studio move. But after a wild last few month I am finally (almost) all moved into my new space and I am really excited to be back at the bench again!!



35 Years Strong

This is WAY late but I am super honored to have been asked to make a necklace for my Mom from my Dad for the 35th wedding anniversary. Happy 35 years Chris and Debbie Tritico, you are be most wonderful parents we three kids could have asked for.  @ Houston, Texas



Dialogue Series No. 4 CONNECTIONS

Come check out this piece, “Moderne Necklace”, the work of Lisa Johnson, Mark Walnock and Many of our students during the connections opening this Friday August 10,2018 from 6-8pm at the @armoryartcenter


August 3rd – August 17th

Exhibition Reception: Friday, August 10, 2018

East Gallery


Connections features artwork by Armory Art Center instructors Mark Walnock in Ceramics, Lisa Johnson and Maria Tritico in Jewlery /Metalsmithing, and their students.


These active, inspiring, and dynamic teachers provide expertise and dialogues with their students to inspire and to help find their artistic voices. Likewise, students bring their experiences and visions of what they plan to create and hope to accomplish in class. This relationship creates Connections, a synergy between teachers and students.


Connections are also relevant between these two disciplines as both are three-dimensional. Although the technical approach to developing work in Ceramics and Jewelry/Metalsmithing is different, they connect with the same design language, tackle similar concepts, and share concerns regarding surface, scale, and functionality.

“To develop a complete mind: study the science of art; study the art of science. Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.”

Leonardo Da Vinci


Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm | Saturday, 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Opening receptions for this series are free to members and a $5 suggested donation for non-members for summer shows.

Visits during regular gallery hours are free.

811 Park Place, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 | armoryart.org @ Armory Art Center




DON’T MISS OUT!! Today is the last day of the July Sale!! 20% off everything ends today at midnight EST. Link below!!




Large Deco Pendant

Just added this 14K Gold Vermeil beauty to the shop! Make sure you get what you need during this July Sale!! 20% until the end of July, don’t miss out!!! Link below!

Dimensions: 2.5” x 2” pendant with a 28” chain



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make sure you check out these new rings in the shop! And don’t forget... 20% OFF EVERYTHING FOR THE MONTH OF JULY!!! Get it while it’s hot!


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24K Gold Vermeil Necklace

Dimensions: 2” x 1” pendant with a 19” chain - $225

Don’t forget 20% off EVERYTHING in my Etsy shop for the month of July! Click the link below!


To clean gold vermeil jewelry, buff VERY gently with a soft and dry 100% cotton cloth or a microfiber cloth. NEVER use chemical cleaners vermeil jewelry--it can strip the gold finish.


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20% off EVERYTHING for the month of July!

Rose Gold Vermeil Triangle Necklace

Dimensions: 1.5” x 2” pendant with 18” chain

Gold vermeil is an overlay of gold over a base of sterling silver. Gold vermeil jewelry requires special care. Remember to store your gold vermeil jewelry in an airtight container when not in use—and to remove before applying perfumes, lotions, or before bathing. Chlorine, especially at high temperatures, can permanently damage or discolor your gold vermeil jewelry. Avoid wearing gold vermeil jewelry while using chlorine bleach or while in a pool or hot tub.

^^ Good advice for all fine jewelry^^



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I repeat everything in my shop is 20% off for the month of July. Get it while it’s there!

These earrings are Rose Gold Vermeil post earrings. They are 1” x .75”. They are light and easy to wear all day or night.


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24K Gold Vermeil Triangle Necklace- $180

Dimensions: 1.5” x 1” pendant with a 19” chain

With vermeil objects and jewelry, the gilding process limits oxidation of the underlying metals (Sterling Silver), greatly reducing the need for cleaning and polishing, and so reduces the risk of damage to them.  To further reduce the risk of tarnish store your jewelry (vermeil and silver alike) in an airtight bag or box when not in use.


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Diamond Earrings in 24K Gold vermeil (image 1) and Rose Gold vermeil (image 2) - $225

Dimensions for both: 1” x 2”

Most large objects made in goldsmithing that appear to be gold are actually silver-gilt; for example most sporting trophies (including medals such as the gold medals awarded in all Olympic Games after 1912) and many crown jewels are silver-gilt objects. Apart from the raw materials being much less expensive to acquire than solid gold of any karat, large silver-gilt objects are also noticeably lighter if lifted, as well as more durable (gold is about as heavy as lead and is highly malleable and easily scratched).


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This diamond necklace is 24k gold vermeil. The pendant is 3” x 1.5” with an 18” chain - $240

Did you know there is a “Vermeil Room” at the White House?

The Vermeil Room is located on the ground floor of the White House, the official residence of the President of the United States. The room houses a collection of silver-gilt or vermeil tableware, a 1956 bequest to the White House by Margaret Thompson Biddle. Portraits of American First Ladies hang in the room.

Margaret Thompson Biddle's collection was significant and ranges from Renaissance to 19th-century French and English pieces. The collection includes work by English Regency silversmith Paul Storr (1771–1844) and French Empire silversmiths Pierre-Philippe Thomire (1751–1843), and Jean-Baptiste-Claude Odiot (1763–1850). First Lady Mamie Eisenhower had the collection displayed in the room's glass-enclosed vitrines.



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Pronounced ver-may


Vermeil is gold plated sterling silver. The plating must be a heavy plating equaling 2.5 microns thick and can be any color and karat over 10k (according to the US Federal Regulations).

This piece is Rose Gold Vermeil

The pendant is 2.5” x 1.5” with a 20” chain.  -  $275

Keep checking back for a Vermeil a Day!! 


Commission Complete!

Loving the way this commission turned out!!

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Shop The Smithery

Honored to be a part of the Lined.Linked.Layered exhibition at The Smithery in Columbus, Ohio! If you find yourself in the area make sure you stop by!!

Repost from @shopthesmithery- We love the beautiful lines and patterns in this sterling silver necklace by Maria Tritico. Maria has several pieces in our Lined.Layered.Linked exhibition on view until June 22. Shop the exhibition via our website, or stop in to try on your favorite pieces! #thesmithery #ingrandview #shop614 #handmadejewelry #artjewelry #contemporaryjewelry