Although Monroe Jackson has been dabbling in jewelry since 1967, he had a full-time career with Exxon for 32 years. A self-taught artist, Monroe’s pieces revolve around his relationship with the stones he chooses. He uses precious and semi-precious stones as well as unique ones that catch his fancy. “I study each stone, allowing it to tell me how it would like to be set and what it would like to be,” he says.
Monroe works in sterling, 14 and 18 karat gold and combinations of these three metals. Each one-of-a-kind piece is fabricated by cutting, soldering, reticulating, overlaying, and/or texturing. Then each piece is polished by using five different processes. Monroe is proud of the fact that his jewelry is in collections in all 50 states as well as 37 countries.