Nick Soto is a Keys native, designer and bench jeweler who specializes in fine jewelry. Nick uses traditional techniques like soldering, hand cutting, filing, and stone setting in silver and gold to make custom design pieces for people around the world. His most popular handcrafted pieces are modern and timeless and include wedding rings, handmade chains, Cuban hoop earrings, plus Atocha & other shipwreck coin frames.
Educated at the North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA for Jewelry Design & Repair, Nick Soto brings his craftsmanship and services to his home island, Key West, Florida.
All designs handcrafted in Key West, Florida
Made By Soto Little Heart Story
I made this in a more non-traditional approach and by happy circumstance this necklace became one of my original designs.
Usually jewelry is fully fabricated with wire or sheet in whichever metal you prefer, or a model is carved out of wax and cast. However, during some experimenting, I took some silver and melted it on a charcoal block and when in molten form lightly pressed it with another charcoal block. Once hardened it took on the rough texture of the charcoal and would make a different shape every time.
After a few hundred presses, the Little heart was born! I loved that it hardened into the shape of a heart that’s imperfect and a little rough and organic. I then decided to make a mold of it so it could be in my Made By Soto original lineup of designs. This little heart can be crafted in whichever metal desired.