Contemporary Jewelry Designer - Designs handcrafted  by Studio Jeweler Goldsmith S.E. Sarantos

Jewelry Designer - Goldsmith - Artist - Studio Jeweler

My first jewelry shop 1968Showing my jewelry at Hazard Beach in Newport Rhode IslandWorking on opal designs at my jewelry bench 1983Contemporary Studio Jeweler S.E. Sarantos

Artist Profile Studio Jeweler Susan Sarantos

I consider myself one of those lucky few who have always known what they wanted to do.
Jewelry has played an important role in my life. Starting at the age seven, I was selling the handcrafted jewelry that I made. Instead of a lemonade stand, mine had jewelry that sold to all the neighborhood children. This progressed to local art fairs and shops until eventually I found people were searching me out to have things custom created and designed for them. The materials may have changed along the way and become more precious but the inspiration is still the same.

1968 Business is booming in Newport - selling my bead earrings and necklaces on the street to the neighbors.

1970 Recycling telephone wire into jewelry with my sister Dorcie.
My jewelry was sold at local shops. I fashioned earrings, necklaces and rings from the multicolored wire. Among my customers were Newport Crafts at Brick Market Place, Derring Do on Bellevue Avenue owned by Alexis Kirk, Njema Fashions and the local surf shop which covered the gamut from high society to the local subculture. I sold at all the island craft fairs. My dad would cut ten inch sections of the telephone wire cable for me which I would sell to other kids at school and teach them how to make jewelry from it. I was 12 years old at the time.

I was involved in the first Earth Day fair at Touro Park in 1970 and the first Christmas in Newport Craft Show at the Viking Hotel in 1971. I later created a brooch with the angel logo that was given to founder Ruth Meyer when she resigned in 1981. I was apprenticing to a local goldsmith at the time.

In 1975 at the age of 17, I had private lessons with local silversmith Corky Ackman. During my high school summer vacation my dad would drive me to her metals studio at 7am once a week for silversmithing classes. I figured that I could charge more for the same amount of work if I could incorporate precious metal into my designs.

1981 to present time - independent studio jewelry designer creating designs for private clients, galleries and local jewelry shops.

1983 Commissioned to design and create an 18 karat gold Australian opal jewelry line during the America's Cup Races in Newport, RI, USA

In 1999 I launched Metalcyberspace an online resource site about Contemporary Jewelry Designers and Metalsmithing specializing in precious metals which grew out of my love for the medium. This enabled me to share the information that I have collected over the years and network with other Metal Artists.

Numerous Art Gallery Exhibitions and more work experience details are listed in the artist's resumé section.

I always start off with a quick sketch of an idea.
This design will be saved and worked on later as a source of inspiration for many more.
Rendering these ideas into jewelry designs with watercolor and gouache paints allows others to see my thoughts exactly how they will appear before actually making the piece up in metal. This process allows me to play with an idea and come up with the best design.

Mostly I design with 18 karat yellow gold, sterling silver, a variety of pearls, precious gemstone beads, crystals, gems and found objects like sea glass and white quartz stones. I love creating contemporary modern style ornaments for the body such as sculptural necklaces, bracelets, rings and mobile like earrings that dance as you move.


1997 American Vision Award - First Place Professional Category - MJSA - Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America - USA

1996 Ponte d'Oro Design Competition - Grand Prize winner ($5000) - Italy

13th International Pearl Design Contest - Japan

1984 Spectrum Award - American Gem Trade Association - USA

Museum Collection

Oro d'Autore - Permanent collection in Arezzo, Italy
Award Winning Ponte d'Oro Jewelry Design by Susan Sarantos
The winning jewelry design rendering was manufactured into gold and diamonds by Falcinelli Diamonti Arezzo, Italy
The Ponte d'Oro Design ©™Sarantos


All images, designs and information contained within this website copyright Susan Sarantos unless otherwise noted
Original Modern Contemporary Jewelry Designs Created by Independent Studio Jeweler Goldsmith S.E. Sarantos ™
Newport Rhode Island USA 02840