Creek Reflections is a private jewelry studio nestled along the Yellow Breeches Creek just outside of Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Every piece is designed and handmade by Bruce and Darlene Hartman who have been working with stones and fine metals for more than 30 years and have studied jewelry design around the globe.
About the Artists
Married since 1973, Bruce and Darlene got their first taste of the craft in 1977 when they signed up for a metalsmithing and stone-cutting class on a lark. They were hooked immediately. They began voraciously reading about jewelry-making techniques and taking more classes to hone their skills.
Two years after their first class, while living in Germany, Bruce received a short-term internship with a master stone-setter in Idar Oberstein, the capital of the country’s gemstone industry. Bruce carefully observed the expert craftsman, and then poured what he learned into his own work. In 1980, the couple received international attention when they won honorable mention in the German Jewelry and Precious Stones Idar-Oberstein 1980 Modern Jewelry contest.
While the couple set down their jewelry work for a few years to raise a family, they have picked it back up with new fervor. In 2009, Bruce and Darlene started Creek Reflections to focus on their passion for jewelry full time. Working with precious metals and hand-cut stones, the couple produces one-of-a kind jewelry that is heavily influenced by the organic beauty of nature and European design. Their latest works were finalists in the 2014 Niche Awards, runner-up in the American Jewelry Design Council 2013 New Talent Contest, and has received third place in the 2011 Designer Jewelry Showcase.