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He is a studio jeweler and goldsmith working in 14k and 18k gold, sterling silver, platinum, high quality gemstones, and other natural materials. Every piece is handmade one at a time, and only as limited editions, series, or one of a kind.

Jason's life long experience as an artist comprises rock and punk music, drawing, painting, bronze casting, kinetic sculpture, and music club poster art design, and he holds a B.A. degree in political science.

He began making jewelry in Oakland, California, and now lives and works in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Jason McLeod is an artist for whom the opportunity to achieve good design drives the creative process.

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'Time Traveler, a Scientific Take on Custom Jewelry'

As die-hard jewelry lovers, we embrace new pieces that come along with a twist on the age- old idea of “custom jewelry.” Taking things a step beyond initials, birthstones and engravings, we were thrilled to find out about Jason McLeod’s Time Traveler Collection, which uses the beauty inherent within scientific proportions, maps, starcharts and formulas to imbed “custom” information. Can’t you just picture Leonardo Da Vinci leaving Tom Hanks secret information hidden within a Time Traveler cuff in a Dan Brown film adaptation?

Beautiful high polished pieces are one-of-a-kind, created to contain the information requested. Intellectual and elegant, we spoke to Jason to get the scoop on the idea behind Time Traveler:

What inspired you to do the Time Hinge bracelets? What kind of information is imbedded in them?

The Time Traveler series started with, and has centered around the cuff bracelets. Imagining them as an instrument for time travel from the future, past or both. From the start the series has featured adjustable components and information dates, addresses, GPS, longitude/latitude coordinates, math formulas, charts-like the universe is made up only of information defining space, time, matter, etc…so the layers of information might represent the stitching together of our reality, or navigating multiple dimensions, perhaps the circuitry necessary for such an instrument. So there is the meta part–the historical/sentimental part of the inspiration is from the hallmarks and maker’s marks and other “encoded” information of goldsmiths and silversmiths going back centuries by which pieces can be identified and the ongoing conversation of design traced. I kind of decided to take that a little further. The Time Hinge cuff basically incorporates all of this because it is big enough to do so.

About how many of these commissions have you done? What are the most common requests, in terms of information put into the jewelry? What are some of the unusual ones?

The total number of Time Traveler bracelets is about 200-250 so far, probably 50+ with custom information included. If you include rings, pendants and earrings then the total Time Traveler series is several hundred pieces. The vast majority include info like the materials it is made of, the number in the series or date, if they are named (Star, Utopia, Lost City, Signal, Atlantis, Constellation), or anything which seems correct. The most common requests are dates, initials, names and coordinates. From there: formulas, zodiacs, Arabic, Hebrew, Chinese, Braille, trees, windmills, teapots, constellations, the GPS coordinates for the galactic equator, one person’s math formulas and “target end date”, prime numbers, numbers of unknown significance…it is pretty endless.

What made you decide to become a jeweler? What’s your story?

Oh boy, so this part is a little crazy, and is mostly actually how I’ve explained this to myself after the fact, because if you had asked me about it one week before I started, making jewelry it would not have been on my radar. While I had made art my whole life including sculpture and metalworks, I had spent most of my time as a musician and related businesses for a living. The actual spark of creation/inspiration was car crashes.

I was living in Oakland, CA with a graphic design/advertising/urban marketing business in the Bay area at the end of 2004 when I got into two consecutive car crashes in 6 months which kept me mostly stuck in a chair with injuries for most of 10 months and unable to operate my business. During this time I turned to art.

My wife and I had spent the last year sorting out several generations of her family’s heirlooms as the result of the unexpected passing of her mother which included quite an elaborate collection of fine metalware, porcelain, art, and jewelry. Some of this was among the finest Georg Jensen, Meissen as her family had been quite prominent in Germany prior to WWII when first the Nazis, and then the Soviets took over. I learned all about the stuff and got quite into it – and the best work was so clear and obvious and made everything else disappear. So when I needed something to do with my hands and brain while I was injured, this was the material I had.

I found some books, used the web, found out I lived right near a national jewelry supply company. People offered to buy the first pieces I finished I made more and sold them. So I went a little gung-ho worked all the time, made and sold thousands of pieces. One thing just led to another. Here is another strange part: from the time I started I felt like I already knew everything, even everything that was ever known, and that I just have had to keep making it to realize it. This has only become more true the more I make.

An inspirational story and artist, his jewelry is breathtaking.

Check out pietrapr's website for original blog post and other information about Jason's show at the Forbes gallery.

At the Forbes Galleries: Time Traveler in the Space Age

Two of Jason's signature cuffs from his Time Traveler Collection will be part of an upocoming exibition, "Out of this World: Jewelry in the Space Age." Curated by Elyse Karlin, Co-Presient of the Association for the Study of Jewelry and Related Arts. You can view the installation from March 16 to september 7, 2013 at The Forbes Galleries in Manhatten.

Seawall Art Show

We're looking forward to returning to Seawall this August. It's one of our favorite festivals, and was cancelled in 2011 due to a hurricane. A few years ago, Jason was chosen for two separate purchase awards by patrons of this annual non-profit event. Our first year there, in 2007, Jason received the $2,000 first place award. It was incredibly gratifying for him, to be recognized for the art and craft he had been working at for only a few years. If you're in the Tidewater Virginia area in late August, go to this lovely event--an intimate setting at the water's edge. And all proceeds go to fund the arts in Portsmouth.

Director's Choice Award

Jason was honored to receive the Director's Choice Award at the fall 2009 Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival in Crozet, Virginia. This is one of our best shows every year (both the spring and fall events) due to the caliber of those who run the event, the artists who display, and the devoted crowds who attend. Don't miss this weekend of fine art & craft, wine tastings, and exquisite scenery in the Virginia countryside.

Aaron Faber 5th Ave NY gallery exhibit

"Contemporary Silversmithing: New Works in Studio Silver"

Jason was one of just 34 studio jewelers from around the globe to be invited to exhibit in this show celebrating current forms of this ancient art. Read more here. The Aaron Faber Gallery is an institution in the world of art jewelry. Next time you're in Manhattan, go and see them, and then walk across the street and down half a block to the Museum of Modern Art.

Fashion Press

A spring and summer fashion spread featuring lovely models adorned with jewelry from Jason's signature Bubbles Collection. See and read more here...