ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

The Jeweler Extraordinaire ~ How Urbina Designs Rocked my World

Updated on July 5, 2011

Urbina Designs ~ The Woman Behind the Art

A short while back I wrote a piece about the remarkably talented Alba Urbina, of Moxie Metal fame. While I was at her studio that day, I couldn't keep my eyes from wandering over to one of her smaller work benches where a myriad of unfamiliar tools and gadgets kept calling my eye back to sneak a peek. Once we'd finished with the Moxie Metal part of the interview, I asked about those other work benches. She happily explained that Moxie was her secondary business; Urbina Designs her primary love. I'd already spent the better part of the day with her and thought it might be best if I came back another day to get the dish on her jewelry. She was more than happy to oblige.

A few weeks later her schedule loosened a bit and she phoned to ask when I might like to come back for another visit. The next day I returned to her studio and found her setting a little table out in the courtyard where she was laying out fresh vegetables from her organic garden, an assortment of fruits, some freshly baked bread and a bottle of chilled white wine. Talk about the hostess with the mostest!

More than just talent

We took our seats and I began the usual chit chat about how she got into making jewelry and the many years spent honing. As she spoke, I couldn't help marvel at the passion of this woman. Just as she had displayed when she spoke about Moxie Metal, now she was bubbling over with enthusiasm as she told me about her jewelry designs. I suppose it's not a big stretch, but to me, someone who has never worked with metals before, it seemed inconceivable that she could create such beautiful works of art on what seemed like opposite ends of the spectrum. Iron rod AND sterling silver? Metal sculpture AND exquisite jewelry? I'm pretty sure my mouth hung open while I listened. Thankfully, she never mentioned it. (grin)

Once we'd finished eating, she took me inside and began showing me some of the pieces she was working on. They were in various stages of completion; some were in the tumbler being polished. Others were waiting for her skilled hands to melt the metal, or fashion the settings that would hold the stones or pound the perfect little circles of silver to give them a hammered finish. There were torches and tweezers, pliers and anvils, jeweler's loupes and Dremel tools. I had no idea just how many tools a person might need to make a (not-so-simple) ring or necklace. I was utterly fascinated by the depth of her knowledge.

A few of my own treasures (by Urbina Designs)

Gifted AND Gracious

Alba Urbina is a gracious and glorious Being. She is as gifted as she is kind. So when she saw me drooling over a particular necklace, she picked it up and put it around my neck. She handed me a mirror and asked, “How do you like that one? Is it something you might wear?” I'm sure my eyes were bulging out of my head as I answered, “OH MY GOD! It is PERFECT for me!” I asked “how much”. She said, “It's a gift. You're doing all this work to get the word out about my art, I would be so happy for you to have the piece. Please take it as a token of my appreciation. I won't take no for an answer!”

Well, she didn't have to offer twice. I was thrilled to have it and honored that she wanted to give it to me. Haven't taken it off since. And I also have quite a few more pieces. I've never been big into jewelry but Alba changed all that. Her pieces are so unique, so perfectly crafted, so utterly “me”, it would be a terrible abuse to my self not to have them. No kidding.

I suppose that sounds a bit dramatic. But it's hard to find the words to explain just how beautiful her jewelry is. Add to that all her awesome energy and it's a recipe for perfection. That is, if there is such a thing.

One of my faves

Poison Ring
Poison Ring
Poison Ring (opened)
Poison Ring (opened)

Pics of art!

Even the way she shoots her photos is extraordinary. Just look at what she did for these ring shots!

Even her displays are extraordinary!

Wear Your Own

If you'd like more information on Urbina Designs and/or would like to have some of her pieces for your very own, you can find her at: Urbina Designs. Contact information is also available at the site, just in case you're wanting something in particular. Just ask. She is quite amicable to such requests!

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Naveed Awan 

      6 years ago

      Dear Sir,

      Have a nice day,

      We are the real manufacturer of jewelry Tweezers & Pliers. My father working in this field last 43 year.

      We challenge, we are the real manufacturer of jewelry tweezers. Please see our attached file and see manufacturers.

      Stocks 2000pcs price only 0.67euro.

      Delivery time only 2weeks.

      Shipping free.

      If you have need any sample please contact us i send you free sample on your address. Please see my website and meet the real manufacturers www.focusinstrument.com

      Best regards

      Focus Surgical Instruments

      Certificate ISO & CE MARKING

      Tel: +92-321-6194723

      Email: surgical@focusinstrument.com

      Url: www.foucsinstrument.com

      Addr: Adalat Garh New 51310 Sialkot Pakistan.

    • danfresnourban profile image

      danfresnourban 

      7 years ago from Fresno, CA

      These are beautiful works of art. Cannot get enough of Urbina's works. Truly talented and gifted. Thanks for sharing.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)