The Alternative Jewelry Shop

Fine Art Jewelry Creations by Danny & Libby Barnes

The Alternative Jewelry Shop offers unique selections of hand-made wearable jewelry art in gold, platinum, palladium and sterling silver. These custom creations are set with diamonds and precious gemstones!

Danny and Libby are familiar with the traditional means of creating jewelry, such as wax carving, lost wax casting, piercing, soldering, and finishing.  They are also up to date with  CAD/CAM solutions, CNC machining and 3d-printing technology.  The shop specialty is re-purposing customer’s older, out dated pieces of jewelry and creating exiting new wearable art designs!

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Putting The “Custom” Back In Customer

The Alternative Jewelry Shop was started on May 1, 1991 by Danny and Libby Barnes, two artists interested in offering quality handmade jewelry to the public. Danny Barnes, was born in Sylva, North Carolina in 1963. He graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 1988 earning a Bachelor of Arts with an emphasis in jewelry design and metalsmithing. Danny received his Master of Fine Arts in jewelry design and metalsmithing from East Tennessee State University in 1990. Danny is a 2003 graduate from the Gemological Institute of America in Diamonds and Diamond Grading.

Libby Williamson Barnes, was born in 1966 in Hazard, Kentucky. In 1988 she obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a major in painting and a minor in jewelry design and metalsmithing from Eastern Kentucky University. Libby attended East Tennessee State University as a graduate student from August 1989 until 1990. Libby then received a Masters of Fine Arts in mixed media from the University of Kentucky in 1998.


Casting Doubt On Casting No More

The Alternative Jewelry Shop offers skillfully combined hardware, software and design techniques to produce unique, one -of-a-kind wearable works of art. First, we consult with the customer to identify exactly what they are looking for. We then hand create a 3D digital representation of the piece in what is known as a CAD. The CAD data is transferred to a computer numerically controlled mill or 3D printer where the model is carved from a block of wax. In this case the wax was milled. A cutting edge removed wax until the jewelry design was complete. CNC mills are capable of extremely detailed carvings.

Next, the wax design is cast in a ceramic shell and then subjected to high heats in order to remove the wax. This leaves a negative space in the ceramic that molten metal can be poured into. Cast metals come out of the ceramic mold, and the piece begins it’s polishing and finishing stages, culminating in a custom, one-of-a-kind piece, unique just for you, every time.


We Would Love To Hear From You

Call Us: 859-885-4109

Come See Us: We are located at 118 1/2 North Main Street, Nicholasville, Kentucky 40356

Hours: Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm

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