Michael S. Kenney – Jeweler
For more than thirty years Michael has been creating unique designs in jewelry for his customers.
Selecting unusual stones, Michael cuts them to bring out their remarkable patterns and color. After cutting and polishing the stones, he creates a precious metal setting for each unique stone, giving full respect and appreciation to each of these wonderful creations of nature.
The result is one of a kind work that is in harmony with both nature and the wearer.
Michael has a deep appreciation for unusual, rare and historic materials. He sometimes incorporates agatized dinosaur bone, meteorites, or fossil mammoth ivory in his creations.
Cutting the Stones
Jewelry stones begin in the ground, mined, quarried, or collected by man in appreciation of their natural beauty.
Michael takes rough stones, just as they come out of the ground and first with a diamond edged saw, slices the stone into slabs.
He then chooses a scene or pattern in the slab and a pleasing shape to best present that pattern and trims the slab down to the chosen shape.
Then, after sticking the stone on a stick (called a dop stick), he grinds the stone down on a series of six diamond wheels, water cooled, getting progressively finer and closer to a polish.