Macrophotography

Macrophoto of Hell’s Canyon petrified wood. Inset: Necklace made by Gentry using the petrified wood, set in sterling silver on a seven-strand sterling silver cable neckwire. (Credit: Tamra Gentry)

Tamra Gentry is a classically trained pianist who started out in business administration but wound up with a bachelor’s degree in physics—and then a master’s degree in health promotion from Peabody College. Always practical, she tended to pursue the “safe and predictable route,” she says, rather than submit to her creative side.

But when a NASA-funded program for which she worked was cut, Gentry’s creativity took over. While making bracelets for her mother and mother-in-law, she finally discovered her passion: as a jewelry designer. “I took a class in metalsmithing and got hooked,” she says. “Given all the uncertainty about what I wanted to do, making things was a release of sorts. Now the business and science part [of my background] has come full circle.”

Gentry’s current jewelry line employs an extensive collection of gemstones, which often serve as subjects for her additional interest in macrophotography. “I’m kind of a magpie,” she says. “I love shiny things and color—I really tend to react viscerally to them.”

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Bonus Content

More of Tamra Gentry’s jewelry and macrophotography

Clockwise from top left: 1) Artisan Mendhi lampworked bead on hand-woven fine silver Etruscan-style chain 2) Fordite set in sterling silver with yellow and blue sapphires (Credit: Guy Nichol, Chicago) 3) Rainbow obsidian necklace set in sterling silver with green tourmaline accent, sterling silver cable neck-wire 4) Royal Sahara Jasper 5) Ocean Jasper 6) Alunite (All photos courtesy of Tamra Gentry unless otherwise noted)

 Visit Tamra Gentry’s website.