Small, Fancy Fold-form Flower Earrings
Niobium, Silver & Tiger’s Eye
32 X 14 X 42 mm
Karen Hunter

Karen Hunter – Jeweller & Silversmith

Artist Statement

My jewellery is handmade and designed by myself, using Sterling Silver, semiprecious stones and Niobium, which when anodized has a rainbow of colours.

About the Artist

Karen Hunter graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1985, from the Design Department. In 1990 she took a workshop “Anodizing Titanium and Niobium”. There she found the metal for her – niobium. Karen’s jewellery is entirely designed and handmade by her. She works primarily with sterling silver, semiprecious stones and niobium, a very rare pure metal, #41 on the periodic table and naturally hypoallergenic. The colours that niobium produces when anodized are very colourful. The metal work hardens slower than any other metal, yet stays strong. This makes it a very fun metal to work with. In 2016, Karen was commissioned by the Royal Canadian Mint to make 6000 tiny niobium dragonflies for a coin that was released in September 2016. Karen has participated in the following shows: Muskoka Arts & Crafts, Originals Christmas Show, Inspired Hands, The Guild Alive with Culture, Summerfolk, Baysville Arts & Crafts Festival, Schomberg Street Gallery, King Studio Tour.

Byzantine Necklace
Niobium with Titanium Catch
5 X 5 X 457 mm
Karen Hunter

NIOBIUM is a very rare, pure metal which is one of the natural elements on the periodic table {#41}. Titanium and tantalum are other metals that are similar to niobium. All are in general use as jewellery materials. Niobium is good for people who are allergic or sensitive to other metals. It is more expensive than sterling silver whether in sheet, wire or tubing form. Niobium’s unique properties include being hypoallergenic, light-refractive, very strong and light weight. Niobium was first discovered in 1801 by Charles Hatchett in England. The pure metal was refined in 1861. Niobium’s natural colour, before anodizing, is nickel-grey. It has a melting point of 2467°C {4475°F} and therefore can not be soldered; it can only be fusion welded. It is mined in Quebec, Canada, Brazil, Nigeria, Zaire and Russia, but refined in the United States. The colours are created by: Anodizing {an electrical action} to oxidize the metal to create a rainbow of colours. Different voltages produce different thickness of oxide and consequently, different colours.

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Site #14 with Harvey Walker and Kade Bolger

Scugog Council for the Arts Gallery, 181 Perry Street, Port Perry


Checkered Long Triangles
14 X 46 mm
Karen Hunter


Muskoka Arts and Crafts, Bracebridge, ON 1990 – 2018 Originals (Christmas Show), Ottawa, ON 2004 – 2018 Lake Scugog Spring Studio Tour, Port Perry, ON 2007 – 2018 Baysville Riverfront Arts & Crafts Festival, Baysville, ON 2007 – 2018 Schomberg Street Gallery, Schomberg, ON 2013 – 2015, 2017-2018 King Studio Tour, King, Ontario 2014 – 2018 Summerfolk, Owen Sound, ON 1990-94, 1996-98, 2003-04, 06, 08, 10, 14, 17-18 Inspired Hands, Sudbury, ON 2017-18

Dimpled Diamond Earrings
11 X 42 mm
Karen Hunter