BURLINGTON, Vermont (WCAX) — They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and no one understands that better than Jane Frank.
“It’s hard to explain. I just like nice things, for my taste,” she laughed.
Frank is the owner of Burlington-based Jane Frank Jewelry Design. Classically trained with a goldsmith in Germany for over four years, his work is unlike most you’ve probably seen.
“I don’t focus on diamonds, sapphires, rubies…I see things and then try to make something beautiful out of them,” she explained.
Frank is drawn to older style jewelry, drawing inspiration from finds at antique stores or flea markets, and finding ways to make it her own.
“What’s beautiful to me are simple designs and then when you get closer you see the details,” Frank explained.
Her work is intricate and intentional, and something close to her heart.
His designs are not new to Vermont. For a time, Frank co-owned Alchemy Jewelry Arts in Burlington. A few years ago, she decided to move her workspace to her Werkstatt in Burlington’s Old North End.
It is here that she creates her own creations and also helps others find their artistic abilities.
“Many of my students and clients have become very, very good friends. Since I talk about my personal life and my struggles, they do the same,” Frank says. “And it creates a very, very personal, intimate and safe environment. And I like it.”
Werkstatt is home to a number of after-school programs, all run by Frank. She also helps couples design and create their wedding rings. She says she loves teaching because it’s so personal; the same reason why she loves to create jewelry.
This personal feeling is what keeps her coming back to her Werkstatt every day. However, she struggles to explain all the reasons that attract her to her profession.
“I don’t know. It has many sides, that’s why I say it’s very difficult for me to explain why I’m a jeweler and what I do. It’s both personal and professional”, she said.
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