From Our Editors
For most people, a new piece of jewelry represents the chance to add a touch of flair to a new look, or tie together the pieces of a not-quite-there outfit. For artisan Kari Johnson, these future heirlooms represent the opportunity to turn the creations of her imagination into tangible realities. At AOS Metals, her shop just down the brick walkways of Scranton's Bogart Court, she spends her days crafting earring, bracelets, and other charms out of silver and gold, imbuing each with the craftsmanship and style that makes every piece both trendy and timeless.
- Classic Designs: Drawing on familiar shapes including feathers, teardrops, and arrowheads, Johnson's jewelry designs grace everything from stacking rings to statement bracers to delicate earrings.
- Eco-Friendly Jewelry: Each of Johnson's pieces start with metals designed to maximize both sturdiness and sustainability. Her gold-filled jewelry combines the appearance of gold plating with the long-lasting strength and thickness required for years of use. Silver pieces use argentium silver, a tarnish-resistant form of the metal that's made from recycled sterling silver.
- Metalsmith Classes: When she's not busy devising new design, Johnson also leads private metalsmith classes with aspiring artisans. During each workshop, students will learn the ins and outs of basic jewelry-making skills, leaving them able to make their own pieces at home or in the studio.