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Megan McGaffigan


Melding the antiquated method of tintype photography with traditional jewelry making techniques, Megan McGaffigan creates objects of adornment that touch on ideas of tradition, sentiment, and longing. Megan McGaffigan is a jeweler and metalsmith working in the Portland, OR metro area. 


"I am interested in creating intimate objects that attribute sentiment to things, places, or times that no longer exist. I am drawn to the idea of an unexceptional material being laced with something precious.”

She holds a BFA in Metalsmithing from Montana State University and an MFA from California College of the Arts in Jewelry & Metal Arts. Her one-of-a-kind work has been exhibited nationally and is included in private and public collections including the Racine Art Museum (Racine, WI).

Current Work


Siamese Twin Earrings

Siamese Sisters Earrings 
Earrings in platinum sterling silver (5%), Coffin Rose cut diamonds (1.54ct & 1.6ct), black diamonds, and antique tintype photograph. 2 x .5 x .15". Exhibit: Signs of Life 2018 



Pearl Necklace & Brooch Pendant 
Necklace and brooch in platinum sterling silver (5% platinum), artist-made and antique tintypes, freshwater pearls, spinel, baroque pearls, and silk. Necklace: 2 x 16 x .15". Brooch/Pendant: 4.5 x 2.25 x .15". Exhibit: Signs of Life 2018