Welcome to the world of
precious metals, cloisonné, & vitreous enamel.
Meet the Artisit
(pronounced cloy-zon-ay, French for ”partition”)
Cloisonné is most commonly used in jewelry making, though illustrations of the craft can be found in many facets of the art world, including the production of hand-made dishes, vases, and abstract pottery.
The ability to take an idea put it into a sketch and mold it into a jewel to be worn, to me is amazing. I have done this many times, not just for my pleasure, but also giving birth to someone’s idea who trusted me to work with them.
The cloisonné process
Every idea for a project
begins with a sketch.
The sketch is then resized
to fit the base.
Outline the shapes
with the tiny wires.
First layer is a clear flux
that is fired on the front
& a counter layer on the back.
This is the time to choose
the colors for the piece.
The outline of the sketch
is applied on top of the
already fired flux.
The wires are fused
to the prepared flux.
Add color to the
Add details to bring life
to the picture.
Finally, after many firings
& lots of detail work,
polishing makes the
sparkle show through!
The jewel is set in a bezel
on an engraved
sterling silver belt buckle.
Can you tell me more about your jewelry?
We offer fine silver custom jewelry creations for adoption. Browse through our unique designs on our Gallery page, or fill out the form on the Contact page to start designing a custom piece. Each piece is personally hand-crafted by jewelry artist Shirley Matteson. Learn more about the artist on our About page.
Are there pre-made pieces I can purchase?
Do you do custom jewelry?
YES! You can order custom jewelry through our website. Use the form on the contact page to get started, and the artist will be in touch to design your piece(s) with you from there.
What is cloisonné enamel?
Cloisonné is a metalwork technique that has been used for centuries that uses colorful glass enamels and small metal filaments to create artwork. The metal wires are bent into different shapes and designs. This technique is most commonly used for jewelry making, however, it can also be found in different illustrations in the art world. See our page on cloisoinné for more information.
What are your hours?
Our hours are currently by appointment only. Email email@example.com to make an appointment or use the form on our contact page.
Where are you located?
We are located in Frisco, Texas.
Where do you ship to?
We ship within the United States and currently do not ship custom jewelry internationally.
Beautiful, Special Gift!
For Mothers Day I received the most beautiful, special gift!
I absolutely adore my monarch pendant and will always treasure this beautiful work of art.
And incredible artist & person!
Extremely pleased! It’s beautiful!
I purchased a Scarlet Butterfly necklace for my wife for her birthday. Beautiful artwork. The butterfly has always been a symbol for her and your necklace allows her to see their beauty and their symbolism every time she wears your art.
My “Teddy” pendant is so cute! What a talented artist! She did a great job taking the image of my dog from a picture taken on my phone to a wearable memory I can enjoy when I’m away from him at school.
Unique & Breathtaking!
I am so in love with my Peacock Butterfly Pendant Necklace! It is truly breathtaking! People are always commenting on the striking statement it makes. I wear it with everything as it can complement every style and adds beauty & class to my wardrobe. The detail in the design is brilliant! I love my one of a kind butterfly as an expression of the unique creativity the artist weaves into each of her pieces.
Work of Art
Shirley is such an incredibly talented artist!! Her pieces are true one of a kind works of art. The piece she made for me is absolutely stunning and the level of detail and design is amazing. She truly puts her heart and soul into each and every pieces of art she creates!!
Personality & Likeness!
I am so impressed with the likeness of my “Honey”. This beautiful pendant is a fun way to take my pup with me everywhere I go. The artist really captured Honey’s personality.
I bought a pair of earrings that I just love and matched perfectly to a shirt that I had just bought. I bought the earrings at the Dallas Craft Show and look forward to going to more shows this year where Shirley will be featuring her jewelry.
Shirley’s is so talented! Her jewelry is absolutely beautiful. I’m constantly getting compliments whenever I wear her artfully created earrings! She puts loads of love into her creations.
Treasured Family Heirloom!
I purchased a Texas Hatband for my husband for Christmas-and he loved it. Said I really surprised him this year! We had to make a special trip into town to go look at a brand new hat for this special hat band! This will be treasured family heirloom! Thank you for your artistry! (Oh and I LOVE the earrings I bought myself…um, I’m mean the earrings Santa put under the tree for me! Stunning!)
Works of Art!
I want to let you know how much I love your butterflies. I own three. They are such special little works of art. The workmanship is world class. They’re just beautiful.
I was looking for a different and if possible a unique birthday gift for my wife. I learned of SMJ and realized quickly, here was a variety of uniquely designed and crafted jewelry. I selected a pair of cloisonné earrings that I thought was strikingly attractive.
One of a Kind
Shirley, your pieces continue to be pieces of art work. I recently purchased one of your hat bands as a Christmas present. The artistry and originality is “one of a kind” and a gift to be treasured for years to come.
I’m a huge fan of not only your artistry but the artist herself. Thank you.
Stops People in their Tracks!
After standing next to Shirley wearing one of her butterflies I was sold. I could not take my eyes off of it. I had never seen a butterfly pendant that seemed as if it could possibly fly right off your chest. I ordered a green swallow tail, but could not stop there. I now have a butterfly, a heart pendant and earrings. Her work stops people in their tracks. One piece cannot possibly be enough for anyone!!
Craftsmanship & Uniqueness
I had seen several pieces of Shirley’s beautiful work and really admired the craftsmanship as well as the uniqueness of her pieces. I have purchased cufflinks in her Texas design for our son as a birthday present. They are something he wouldn’t see elsewhere–while showing his Texas pride!
Shirley is the real deal, a one of a kind artist. She is so creative and intuitive and truly knows how to create the perfect piece for literally anyone. The butterfly she sent me is unbelievably gorgeous and hand crafted to perfection. It’s truly both a unique work of art and a treasured keepsake. Shirley puts her whole heart into everything she does, and you can see it in her works.
Shirley has been wonderful, working with me on the right chain for my beautiful butterfly. I can’t thank her enough for all her time and patience.