Hand-fabricated silver and 18kt gold ring with large Sugilite stone by Michael Grant Lanning. The gold and silver used were alloyed by the artist from coins.
Turquoise jewelry artist, Michael Grant Lanning, grew up in Phoenix and relocated to Northern Arizona in the 1980’s. He began learning his craft from Yaqui-Spanish jeweler, Danny Romero, in the early eighties and has worked as a jeweler ever since. Michael is the son of Peggy Lanning of Lanning Gallery fame so art runs in his blood.
Michael’s strength and love is making beads out of natural materials. Michael says that he has made over 300,000 stone beads in his life, cutting, drilling and polishing each one by hand. Although his love is making beads, he also makes wonderful gold and silver jewelry, preferring to use gold and silver coins for his jewelry. All metal work he does is either hand-fabricated or tufa cast where he carves the tufa and pours the gold or silver the hand hammers to the desired shape. Michael prefers more primitive tools to high tech ones which can be more difficult, but he enjoys the effort it takes. One pendant can take him 12 hours to make. Michael uses only high- grade natural materials and very often knows the miner of the turquoise he uses and the year it was mined.
Michael takes great care and time with his jewelry and it shows in his beautiful finished work.