Artists > Sydney Lynch

Since 1981, jewelry artist Sydney Lynch has been designing and making her handmade jewelry featuring contemporary earrings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants and pins in 18k and 22k gold and sterling silver. From her studio in Lincoln, Nebraska, Sydney creates both her Designer Line and singular One Of A Kind pieces that include a variety of gemstones such as opal, aquamarine, tourmaline,diamonds, pearls, beryl, peridot and sapphire set in high karat gold and silver.

Sydney Lynch-
I fell in love with jewelry when I was young, rummaging through my grandmother’s bureau drawers, enchanted by her treasure trove of costume jewelry that she kept in a jumble of tiny boxes, each with its own story. Since childhood I have accumulated and “curated” my collections of objects, found and acquired, assembling them in patterns and groupings that often inspire my jewelry designs. I think of these pebbles, shells, rusted metal fragments and art objects as an archive of personal memories.

While working on the Navajo Reservation during college, I fell in love with the wide open western landscape and met my first silversmiths who inspired me to learn to make my own jewelry. I moved from Connecticut to Colorado, where I got my BFA at the University of Colorado, and decided if nothing else, a traditional career wasn’t for me. I eventually relocated to a farm in Nebraska, then to Lincoln, where I now live. I have an airy, sun-filled studio where I work with two bench assistants and my husband, Craig Roper, who manages the business end of things.

Working with the materials is the most exciting part of the process for me. Simply put, I like making things. In my one of a kind pieces, I exercise my love of color, incorporating a wide range of colored stones in the designs. Another body of work focuses on sterling, sometimes oxidized, combined with high karat gold. Many of my designs are abstract, leaving the wearer open to finding their own personal, intuitive relationship with the piece.

"Black Tourmaline Slice Necklace"
Black Tourmaline, Oxidized Sterling Silver, 18K Gold, Diamonds
18" Length
2013
"Sand Dollar Pendant"
Boulder Opal, Aquamarine, Blue Spinel, Oxidized Sterling Silver, 22K Gold
2.5" x 2.25"
2013
"Opal and Tourmaline Pendant"
Boulder Opal, Tourmaline, 18K & 22K Gold, Oxidized Sterling Silver
2.5" x 1.25"
2013
"Rainforest Pendant"
Boulder Opal, Brown Zircons, 18K & 22K Gold, 22K Gold & Sterling Bimetal
2" Square
2013
"Opal Shield Pendant"
Boulder Opal, Sapphire, 22K Gold, Oxidized Sterling Silver
1.75" x 1.75"
2013
"Striped Opal Pin"
Boulder Opal, Tourmaline, Aquamarine, Oxidized Sterling Silver, 18K Gold, 22K Gold
3" x 1.5"
2013
"Samba Earrings"
Oxidized Sterling Silver, 22K Gold
2012
"Long Petal Earrings"
Oxidized Sterling Silver, 22K Gold, Freshwater Pearls
2012
"Long Flora Earrings"
Biwa Pearls, 18K & 22K Gold, Oxidized Sterling Silver
2012
"Canyon Cluster Necklace"
Yohaw Opal, Labradorite, Smoky Quartz, Garnet, Rough Aqua Bead, Pearls, Oxidized Sterling Silver, 18K & 22K Gold
2012
"Oceania Cluster Necklace"
Boulder Opal, Emeralds, Tourmaline, Oxidized Sterling Silver, 18K & 22K Gold
On 18" Gold Chain
2012
"Stepping Stone Cuff"
Oxidized Sterling Silver, 18K & 22K Gold
2012
"Tumbled Tourmaline Necklace"
Tourmaline, 18K Gold
36" Length
2012
"Umba Cuff"
Umba Sapphire, Rose-Cut Sapphires, Golden Tourmaline, Oxidized Sterling Silver, 22K Gold
2012
"Black and Gold Pendant"
Boulder Opal, Emerald, Oxidized Sterling Silver, 18K & 22K Gold
2012