“I let the gemstone speak to me. Then I make magic.”
Award winning goldsmith Steve Kriechbaum has been creating custom fine jewelry for over 40 years. His life as a craftsman began in the fine arts department at the University of Texas, in El Paso. There, his time was spent in the studio focused on sculpture, an aesthetic that is still reflected in much of his work today.
Steve is a master craftsman and is skilled in all types of stone setting including prong, bright cut bead, pave and tension. Steve markets his work through his studio, juried fine art shows and his website.
Many designs are centered around bold and colorful gemstones, and are primarily made in 14K/18K gold and platinum. Steve also enjoys working with clients to create one of a kind works that the wearer will cherish, and pass down through generations.
When Steve is not making jewelry he enjoys playing music in the band “Little Red” and with the E-Flat Porch Band (McKinney, TX). Steve is also a member of the Jubilee Band at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Austin. He is endlessly grateful to his wonderful family who supports him in all of his creative endeavors.
My jewelry pieces encompass both traditional and contemporary elements. I work with the natural beauty of the human form, and place emphasis on wear-ability. My objective is to create jewelry that is versatile in design, and will span the test of time.
I believe as a professional, it is my obligation to pass on these techniques and skills and to share them freely with others wishing to carry on the tradition of heirloom style jewelry.