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Michael Opipari

Black Dog Handcrafted Jewelry Gallery

"I use mostly metal clay because it is an expressive material and allows me to create organic, one-of-a-kind pieces."

Before embarking on creating jewelry, I spent 20 years traveling the world as a freelance photographer for several national and international magazines, after which I began a career in architecture and retail design. After leaving the design industry I still needed to be creative, and began making jewelry. Simple at first, but as my experience grew, my work became more expressive and...

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... experimental.
Most of my work features stones and minerals from Michigan and the Great Lakes.
My inspiration comes from these stones; some stones are found only in this area of the world and are, in the case of Michigan Greenstone, over a billion years old.
These stones represent a place, a time, and have their own memories. My goal is to enhance the beauty of each stone and present its story and invite the wearer to add to the memories.

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June 2020 Metal Arts Guild Artist of the Month

Medium curved copper and citrine pendant

Curved Copper and Citrine Pendant
Necklaces & Pendants

Medium curved copper earrings

Curved Copper Earrings

Medium turquoise copper curved pendant

Copper and Turquoise Pendant
Necklaces & Pendants

Medium larimar and silver pendant

Larimar and Silver Pendant
Necklaces & Pendants

Medium fiber optic carnelian ear dangle

Silver Ear Dangle

Medium garnet and copper earrings

Garnet and Copper Earrings

Medium greenstone   silver bracelet

Michigan Greenstone Bracelet
Bracelets & Cuffs

Medium greenstone   silver post earrings

Michigan Greenstone Earrings

Medium petosky teardrop and copper pendant

Petoskey Stone and Copper Pendant
Necklaces & Pendants

Medium sodalite and copper bracelet

Sodalite and Copper Bracelet
Bracelets & Cuffs

Medium copper matrix earrings

Copper Matrix Earrings

Medium baltic amber and silver pendant

Baltic Amber and Silver Pendant
Necklaces & Pendants

Medium copper and moonstone earrings

Moonstone and Copper Earrings

Medium petoskey stone and srawcast silver

Petoskey Stone and Strawcast Silver
Necklaces & Pendants