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field," she said, and she often uses the spiral, a form abounding in nature with its roots in mathematics. Using gold, fine silver, or tarnish-resistant Argentium silver, Ruth works precise teardrop-shaped links — her signature — into necklaces, pins, bracelets, and earrings for a beautifully classic look. She also makes bold pieces that she sometimes accentuates with abstract shapes created by recycling silver scraps or pieces that don't meet her exacting stan- dards. These have an organic, natural feel that tilts modern. Like many artists, she easily turns mistakes into something new. One silver piece with hammered edges came about when she mistakenly hammered the wrong side of the silver. She liked the effect, and a new style joined her repertoire. While Ruth's jewelry making is a hobby, her sales have been signifi- cant. When Ruth's granddaughter was 15, she was diagnosed with dia- betes. Ruth decided to donate all of her profits from jewelry making to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. To date, she has given at least $75,000 to the foundation. She also helped raise funds for a former Dana Hall teacher with cancer. "I love to do it, and I like to know that there's a purpose," she said. "It makes me feel good to know that I'm doing something worthwhile. I have a philosophy that donors get more out of giving than receivers get out of receiving. That's why I'm a donor." Linda, too, uses geometry as inspiration for her fluid silver earrings, pendants, and bracelets. Dangling earrings seem to spiral endlessly; a silver pendant accentuated with an opal seems to flow as it folds over and over upon itself. A thick bracelet cuff is distinguished by an asym- metric crease that's reminiscent of a draped piece of fabric. To enable her to form the metal to her specifications, Linda uses a technique to heat the silver so that it retains its malleability even when cooled. Glass, Liquid, and Ice Capades by Nancy Rich 172 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 8

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