A day in the life of master gem carver and goldsmith Don McCoy can be aptly described in a famous John Denver lyric: “Some days are diamonds. Some days are stones.” In his Salida, Colorado studio (hence the quasi Rocky Mountain High reference) McCoy creates virtually every facet of his fine jewelry creations. “I am a purist who believes every aspect of a piece should be handmade by the artist,” writes McCoy.
Don McCoy uses diamond tools, many of which he makes himself, to cut, carve and polish the gemstones. “I then alloy 24K gold into 14K, 18K or 22K and roll out my own sheet and wire, to use in my hand fabricated gold work.”
Australian Opal, Diamonds, Tourmaline, Topaz, Fire Opal, Citrine and Amethyst are some of the gemstones used in McCoy’s ultra fine jewelry collection. His gold masterpieces inlaid with these precious gems have won awards and elicited the delight of legions of consumers.
Don is hard at work on his newest creations for the upcoming
31st Annual La Quinta Arts Festival.