Steven Battelle designs unique treasures, and wearable art. He began his unexpected journey as a veterinarian. Following a chance trip to South East Asia in 1987, he became fascinated with the ornamentation of the ancient cultures. What began as a jewelry hobby ultimately resulted in a 180 degree change of life direction. Steven handpicks unusual precious and semiprecious stones. The stones natural characteristics become a part of the feeling and energy of each piece. Using a mix of traditional and modern techniques he creates jewelry which melds ancient motifs into objects of functional and timeless beauty.