In an eclectic workshop full of complicated machinery, Cricket Jones decapitates cutlery, taking the bowls off spoons and the tines off forks. The remaining trunks are sanded and smoothed out on a commercial buffing machine, before being inserted into a large press that assists Jones as she hammers them into their final shape: a ring. Jones, an Ohio University alumna, sells her intricate jewelry at regional locations and events, such as Court Street Coffee, Ohio Brew Week, Boogie on the Bricks and a mix of stores and outdoor markets in Columbus.
What inspired you to make jewelry out of silverware?
I started Cricket’s Corner [in Court Street Coffee], and I sold jewelry, photo frames and some clothes and various things. I had to buy rings to sell at Cricket’s Corner. I took them out of the box, and I said to the baristas, ‘Well, I could make ‘em better than this!’ So, that night I was in my workshop, and I saw a spoon that was bent and I said, ‘Wow! That’s almost a ring.’ I banged and I tugged a little bit, and I made a ring. I took it in the next day and I said, ‘See, I told you I could make it better than they could!’ ... They couldn’t believe it.
How did you start your business?
With the rings I sold at Court Street Coffee, that’s where I started eight years ago. I helped the owner, Deb Fulks, get started because I had experience in the coffee industry, and I made most of the tables there. There was a blank spot on the wall and I said, ‘You need something to fill this, something to sell,’ and she said “Well, Cricket, you got a lot of things. Why don’t you sell your things here?” So, I started Cricket’s Corner.
How much experience did you have with spoons rings before you started doing this?
I thought I was the first person on Earth who had made a spoon ring. I thought it was so unique. Then someone said, “Hey, spoon rings are really in again!” And I was like ‘Again?’... I found out that spoon rings trace back to England when servants got married to each other and they had no money, so they would sneak a piece of silverware out of their bosses’ drawers, and they would make it into a ring.
What do you look for in a good spoon?
I’ll use classic design silverware and souvenir spoons mostly. Silverware has gone through a period and the artwork on these antique pieces of silverware is often very, very unique and intricate and the subject matter is very wide.
What makes your spoon rings unique?
A ring you see everyday would not impress me, so I have to find an object that’s spectacular. I hunt for these really unique spoons, and most other spoon ring makers go, ‘Oh here’s a box of silverware. That’ll do.’ I walk around yard sales, antique malls, flea markets-every possible place where I could look to find the most unique pieces. It takes me a lot longer to hunt for a unique object than to make the ring.
What’s your favorite part of your jewelry business?
The jewelry brought me together with other people. It’s a kind of spiritual experience, not just to make money. I do it to extend art and make this kind of art become more popular and to help these spoons last as beautiful objects.
To contact Cricket Jones:
Phone Number (text): 740-590-4546