I'm Carol-lynn

Carol-lynn Swol

I am a studio jeweler who lives and works in Hyattsville, Maryland. My processes for creating jewelry purposely flit between the traditional and the experimental as I seek to adorn the fashionably modern.

My designs often illustrate variations of abstracted themes inspired by nature and archaeology. I am enthralled by the contours created where land meets water, by the forces of erosion on geology, waves, and topographic contour lines. I seek out natural and crumbling places locally and abroad to visually inspire my jewelry.

I create jewelry using new and recycled sterling silver, new and recycled karat gold, gemstones, and Tyvek. Through traditional jewelry fabrication, laser-cutting, or my developing CAD skills, I seek to create jewelry to evoke a sense of place - as a symbol of anywhere to remind you of your somewhere.

Sometimes all it takes is that one piece of jewelry to remind you of momentous or fleeting moments and the feeling of knowing yourself, your world, and finding the way you fit into everything.

And, when I am not in my jewelry studio, I can often be found swimming in open water.

I hold a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Connecticut and an M.F.A. in Metalsmithing and Jewelry Design from Indiana University, Bloomington.