Elizabeth Anne Norris

Jewellery Designer / Maker

Gem of the day – L. Sue Szabo


Sue Szabo is a very talented jeweller and her experimental enamel work is stunning.  She recently won first and second place in the National Jewelry Artists magazine awards (US) and you can see why ! I’ve chosen Sue’s enamel pendant set as my gem of the day as I think the colours and finish are sumptuous. Remind me of prehistoric fossils somehow.

Here’s how Sue made the pendant set pictured:

Each pendant is unique. I formed the little bowl from a flat sheet of copper and I made it just a little asymmetrical. It was then enameled front and back with a sgraffito technique. Layers of enamel are built up and then tools are used to reveal the colors underneath. It was then matted to a soft finish. A unique prong setting was then hand fabricated by me out of sterling silver and then the little bowl was set so that it could be seen from all angles and sides. The prongs were also made asymmetrically to add interest to the piece. Finally the setting was hand finished and oxidized black.’

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Elizabeth Anne Norris

Designer / Maker / Teacher / Enamels / Jewellery / Cufflinks


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Author: eanjewellery

Handmade jewellery specialising in enamel work

5 thoughts on “Gem of the day – L. Sue Szabo

  1. thanks so much for this nice post! glad you like the necklaces, i’m working on another set now with different colors.

  2. Sue’s work is amazing – beyond the artistic aspect, her technical skills and attention to detail sets her apart from most studio jewelers. Love her work.

  3. That is one of my favorite pieces of Sue’s! Gorgeous!

  4. Mine too! What a fabulous artist and a wonderful person!!! Sue is an inspiration!!

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