jewelry by bette barnett

black and gold mixed metal

one of a kind



My work involves marrying steel to high karat gold and other metals. Steel is ideal for jewelry because it is lightweight, modern in feel, strong and dramatic in appearance. Best of all, steel has an affinity for gold and fusing gold to steel adds a luster and visual contrast thereby creating an industrial yet rich aesthetic.


I continually experiment with fusing various gold and other alloys to steel. I also apply gold foil to steel using the ancient Korean technique of Keum Boo technique. I alloy gold to ensure the proper karat and color and use different techniques to add interest, including etching, texturing, gemstones and patination. I seek to create jewelry that is unexpected yet artful...surprising yet wearable.