I am Michele Bonutti, the artist and creator behind JDM. I am primarily self taught and my goal is to create an entirely unique jewelry line that is eye-catching, long-lasting and appeals to women of all ages, as wearable art.
My home studio is in Harrowsmith, ON where I design and fabricate my work. I work primarily with sterling silver and each piece is inspired by the natural gemstone cabochons I also cut and polish as a lapidary artist. I am constantly seeking out beautiful and unusual stone slabs to cut into various shapes of cabochons for my jewelry. My design process always starts with a sketch, and from there I begin the fabrication steps and techniques that bring my pieces to life.
Jewelry making is a passion for me, but when I’m not in my studio or showcasing my jewelry at local artisan shows, I take great pleasure in volunteering with the Kingston Lapidary & Mineral Club by teaching the art of silversmithing and chain maille at the Tett Centre for Creativity & Learning in Kingston, ON.