Stephan Hoglund was born in Parkville, Minnesota, and grew up on the hard rock hills of the Laurentian Divide, where waters part on northern Minnesota's Iron Range.
To explain his work one must say he is very much a regionalist. The work comes from a sense of place or shall we say places. Northern Minnesota is where it first began and now the open High Mesa and High Desert of Southwest New Mexico near Silver City. These places not only have been the source of the materials in much of the work, but also seem to sustain a creative and spiritual roadmap. The shores of Lake Superior has been a major source of surface found Lake Superior Agate, Isle Royal Greenstone or Chlorastrolite and the the amazing and rare Lake Superior Thomsonite. It has been said It is if he was chosen to be a messenger for these Gems. Over the years he has collected, arguably the most extensive collection of Lake Superior Gemstones in the world, enough to share with you for the rest of his life. Lake Superior Gemstones and the many varieties of Turquoise and Variscite of the Southwest are some of the most valuable surface found gemstones in the world and are naturally the most environmentally sustainable and green gemstones in the world. For a true Minnesota Lake Superior Region or South West New Mexico treasure see his work and decide for yourself!
Stephan is one of the better known Minnesota Art Jewelers and was awarded a McKnight Fellowship for his Art Jewelry featuring the rare Gemstones of this region. He has one of the oldest and better known Minnesota Jewelry Design Studios in the region having been a mainstream presence for nearly 40 years. He creates Art and Studio Jewelry as well as wedding rings from Isle Royale Greenstone (Chlorastrolite) that depict his Boreal and Desert Environment. He also works with traditional stones such as Diamond Sapphire and Ruby.