Hot metal is poured into the mold. Usually bronze but sometimes it is gold or silver.
The handmade artistic details come next.
Finally, metals are patinated, smoothed and natural stones and pearls are set and added.
Michael is quite dedicated to his work. He studied at the Rochester Institute of Technology's prestigious school for American craftsmen. He became an expert at making and manipulating molds. Michaud's jewelry designs use bronze, sterling silver or gold and natural stones and pearls. His children now make jewelry with him.
Another fun part of this jewelry is it's broad range of styles. Once a design is finalized, Michael will extend it with earrings, necklaces, pins and bracelets. Often there are several variations of design within each of these collections.
Silver Seasons Jewelry Collection
Michael's silver seasons collection began in 1991 with a handful of designs. Real greenery, flowers, fruits, vegetables, nuts, bark and herbs are copied and made into jewelry. Now, over 40 different jewelry styles are available in this botanical jewelry style. (If you love botanical jewelry, you may like the Philadelphia Flower Show Blog, I think it's a great resource.)
Within the jewelry in any of the botanical styles you will find several choices of earrings, necklaces, bracelets and rings. In fact, here at Stowe Craft Gallery, you can browse 400 + different Michael Michaud jewelry designs.
What is so special about this collection is the way it feels. Michael Michaud jewelry is shaped and connected so it can have flow and movement. Can you say it's natural like “nature”? The patina bronze leaves and twigs have lifelike colors as well.