An Arizona native, Jock Favour is well known for his old-style jewelry that pays tribute to the classic techniques of Native American jewelry-making.Jock achieves the antique look of his jewelry by combining older stones with ingot silver to create heavy, beautiful pieces.He describes his technique as follows:
“I carve tufa stone molds and melt sterling silver.Most of my bracelets are made from square ingot bars, which are then hand-hammered or forged into the desired shape and thickness.These techniques were used historically during the period of 1868-1930.
The first ingots were cast from silver U.S. and Mexican coins.Coin silver is 90% pure, while sterling silver is 92.5% pure.I have melted coins and find no difference in the ‘look’ from sterling silver.The mellowness of old coin silver comes from wear and oxidation.I use ingot bars because it allows me total flexibility of size and shape.It is a time-consuming technique not unlike a weaver hand-spinning her wool into yarn, but the look and feel of the pieces is worth the effort.”
Jock comes from an artistic family with a love of the outdoors. He lives in Prescott, Arizona with his wife, Deborah.