John Paul Designs In Bend, Oregon Creates A Wedding Ring Or Two

September 15th, 2009

My friend John Paul is from Wisconsin and maybe that’s why we get along so well.  A silent understanding of all dealings with bubblers, beer brats and Lambeau Field.  It could be also that I’m so impressed and intrigued with what this guy can create in his jewelry studio.  We’ve talked about having me come in to shoot a ring casting for some time now and when a good friend told me she was having her and her fiance’s rings made by John Paul this seemed to tie all the pieces together.  One thing I found interesting was that these rings were going to be partly made using gold melted from a South African Krugerrand that one of the family owned.  I’ve always been interested in how things are made and this was a real treat to watch a master artist at work.  I spent about three hours shooting and learning about working with metals such as gold and in the end left with a major appreciation to the skill and creativity John Paul brings to a trade that too easily gets lost in the assembly line creations we tend to see in major stores worldwide.  Not only has he produced pieces for names such as Bruce Willis, he also doesn’t use diamond glue!  OK, according to John Paul, diamond glue doesn’t exist but I still think he keeps a big bottle of the stuff out in the open and only hides it when he knows I’m coming over.  Everyone should check out his work at:  www.johnpauldesigns.com