Jewelry has been a life long obsession for this goldsmith. It all began when Betty was 5 years old. Making jewelry out of whatever she could get her dirty little hands on. As time progressed, so did the materials. Ms Jäger took her first metalsmithing class nineteen years ago in her hometown, Tacoma, Washington. It lit a fire in the belly of the creative beast. On a hunt for a school that taught jewelry making and gemology led her to Minnesota. She packed her bags and headed east. Landing at Minneapolis Community and Technical College to study jewelry, gemology and diamond grading. About halfway through her studies at MCTC she landed a job at Studio Vincent. Working as a design consultant and lead sales person. She slowly made her way into an apprenticeship position with Master Goldsmith, and owner Stephen Vincent. Betty apprenticed with Stephen for 7 ½ years. The gallery had a focus on hand fabrication in platinum, palladium and high karat gold. The jewelry was either made in house by the crazy talented owner, or by the hands of masters in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. The minimalism and demand for high quality has been deeply rooted in Ms. Jäger’s brain, and will forever be part of her wheelhouse.
3 Jäg Design was born seven years ago. It’s been in the last three years that Betty has been able to press her luck full time as an artist. Traveling this fine country of ours, working the art fair circuit, and trying to make a difference; one piece of jewelry at a time.