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Lightwing Designs

Original Silver and Glass Jewelry

Innovators in Silver and Glass

In 1975, Shawn and Ann Lester began experimenting with ways to combine his metalsmithing skills with hers in stained glass. Three years later, they succeeded in creating stained glass jewelry with sterling silver overlay.

Using Ann's drawings as a guide, Shawn meticulously hand cuts and constructs each complex silver overlay, creating an intricate pictorial encasement for Ann's translucent glass. Many pieces are reversible. A few are also tiny kaleidoscopes.

Lightwing Designs have received numerous honors including exhibition at the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery, first as part of the Vermont show, and then as one of only 27 craftspeople from across the U.S. invited to the Renwick's "Encore Show".

  • Lightwing Designs display.