IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

Archive for the month “February, 2012”

Jewel of the day: William Clark Survival necklace

Part of a 2005 exhibit asking artisans to respond to the Iraq war, this piece is a grim yet appropriate reminder of what conflict can mean.

Clark has long had a sculptural intent to his jewellery. This 1973 review shows that he maintained the same aesthetic: William Clark’s jewelry is not mere ornament; nor does its esthetic stem from the needs of the conservatively bejeweled.  These pieces speak of a totally contemporary vision, socially and artistically.  William Clark brings to his work the influence of goldsmiths in a marketplace in Saudi Arabia where he lived for a few years.  Clarks’ life and work experiences  — as sailor, fisherman, mechanic and laborer  —  all have a place in his concepts and images.  Many pieces stem from a social or political consciousness.  Clark carries the ideas over superbly through technical skill with materials, choice of appropriate common symbols  —  which in some instances are words —  and a sense of humor.

More information about Clark, who has been widely exhibited and collected, can be found on the Velvet da Vinci site.



Jewel of the day: Alan Ardiff Last Hoop of the Day pendant

Alan Ardiff creates kinetic jewellery – his pieces have moving parts that add to their sense of whimsy. This hoop jumping hare is perfect for the person in your life who has lots of goals to accomplish or perhaps has finally gotten through that “last hoop”. Shown with chain (check to see if it sells with it, though) and made in silver aned gold, karat not stated.  Available for purchase on his site for €122.

Ho hum


I know I should not be surprised by the lack of notable gems at this year’s Academy Awards. It’s in keeping with the trend for the past few years at all the awards shows. There was a diamond necklace here (Natalie Portman) and a lovely pair of earrings there (Octavia Spencer) but you really had to search for any kind of spectacular jewellery. And if you found some, please let me know because I didn’t see anything worth getting excited about.

Octavia Spencer

At least some of the dresses were more than marginally embellished. And it’s a sad day when that’s all you can find to ooh and ah about at the Oscars, Angelina Jolie’s leg and Jennifer Lopez’s “did she or did she not flash her nipple” moments notwithstanding… If that’s glamour circa 2012, let’s bring back the art deco era…

Since they are recycling old hosts, perhaps they can appoint someone to recycle the taste and glamour of Hollywood past. God knows the awards shows could use it.

Jewel of the day: Ilana Goor snail bracelet

Israeli artist and jewellery designer Ilana Goor is multitalented, with collections of furniture, clothing, jewellery and sculpture under her belt. Here, she offers a striking sterling silver cuff patterned with snails. There is a shopping cart option on the site (as well as various currencies) but I could not find pricing for this.

Jewel of the day: Miriam Salat Bordeaux Nugget Necklace

Miriam Salat calls this the perfect statement necklace and I agree. Runway, baby. No matter where you walk it.

Not quite sure what it’s made of (semi-precious stones, glass or resin?) but it’s set in (I think) base metal and accented with cubic zirconia. Available from her site for USD $625.

Jewel of the day: Danielle Miller Abacus bracelet

Danielle Miller knew she wanted to be an artist from a young age. As a teenager, she decided that metal, and specifically jewellery, would be her form of expression. She says about herself, “Clean, simple geometric forms are the building blocks of my designs, which are inspired by architecture, machines, toys and nature. By combining these seemingly different influences, I am exploring the concept of jewelry as playful object.”

This bracelet, in 18k and 14k gold and pearls, is part of her Abacus collection. It is available for USD $1100.

Jewel of the day: Ashka Dymel multi-wedge sterling silver and semi-precious bead bracelet

Polish-born Ashka Dymel now lives in Brooklyn, NY, where she designs jewellery and also teaches it at the Pratt Institute. Her design interests are structure, modular design and colour.

This bracelet is made of sterling silver and semi-precious beads. It’s exemplary of her work, which is bright and sculptural. This bracelet sells for USD $1150.


Jewel of the day: Yeonmi Kang “The Rumor” brooch

Yeonmi Kang is a Korean jeweller whose award-winning work is widely exhibited. This brooch, called “The Rumor” is made of sterling silver and enamel. There are several eerily beautiful pieces currently available at Facere Jewelry Art Gallery in Seattle and I wish I could afford them all. This piece is marked “please enquire”; similar work is priced at USD $1500-1800.

Jewel of the day: MarLa Studio men’s Stars and Clouds ring

This ring by Evanston, Illinois jeweller Marla Wallerstein is billed as a men’s commitment ring, but I could see it being worn by men or women, and work equally well for non-marriage/commitment-related giving. Crafted in sterling silver, it is engraved with “by the stars and clouds above” on the outisde, and on the and inside, “we can spend our lives in love.” A beautiful sentiment for anyone. Available from The Giving Tree Gallery for USD $125.

Jewel of the day: Peranakan gold and diamond bracelets

In Malay, “peranakan” means born locally. According to the Peranakan Museum located in Singapore, “Peranakan Chinese are descendants of Chinese traders who settled in Malacca and around the coastal areas of Java and Sumatra, as early as the 14th century. In the 19th century, the Peranakan Chinese, drawn by commerce, migrated to the bustling ports of Penang and Singapore.” Their jewelry draws from Chinese, Indian and Malay customs and was made in yellow gold and silver often set with precious stones. These bracelets are part of an exhibit at the museum held in 2009 called “Baba Bling (baba for father), showcasing family collections, many never before publicly seen. Peranakan families generally have precious heirlooms handed down, and still worn today.

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