Treasure Chest

Copper, sterling silver, brass, pearls, turquoise, sterling silver totem pole charm and found object: ancient tiny bronze Byzantine crucifix

3.3 x 2.1 x 0.9 inches

Photographed by artist
Video by Natascha Bybee

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My concept for the Halstead Design Challenge: Hidden is a treasure chest that can be worn as a brooch or pendant. Inside the treasure chest are an assortment of precious items including pearls, turquoise, a stack of silver “coins”, silver “Jewelry”, a totem pole charm, and an ancient miniature bronze Byzantine crucifix (my found object). The juxtaposition of the cross and the totem pole pay personal homage to my Christian upbringing and Chinook Indian heritage.

I gave Treasure Chest a rich copper patina and distressed appearance to suggest age.

Treasure Chest is meant to be worn open. Jump rings soldered on the back (bottom of the box) double as bails for a chain and feet to set the box on a table when not in use.


Jean Shaffer is a native Washingtonian jewelry artist, metalsmith and enamelist. She took her first metal fabrication class in 2002 and was hooked. In 2011, she radically changed direction to become a jewelry artist and metalsmith after a long career in program and project management. She was driven by the need to create with her hands and transform her conceptual vision into real-world objects.

Jean earned a Certificate in Jewelry Design from North Seattle College in 2014. She has also attended many conferences, symposia and workshops to further her metalsmithing skills.

In 2012, Jean’s work was chosen for Crafthaus’ Behind the Brooch online exhibition and a subsequent book, Behind the Brooch: A Closer Look at Backs, Catches and Pin Stems. In 2014, Jean was selected to exhibit her work at the Museum of Glass during Tacoma’s community-wide Metal-Urge arts celebration. Other juried exhibitions included Shades of Metal at the Minneapolis Nokomis Gallery (2016), Varia at the KOBO Gallery in Seattle (2016), Halstead Design: Memento at the RHINO Gallery in New Orleans (2017), Contained at the KOBO Gallery (2017), and Love at Alchemy 925 Gallery in Belmont, Massachusetts (2018).