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Archive for the tag “sterling silver”

Jewel of the day: Kat Cole Structure Ring

Kat Cole is a Dallas, Texas based jeweller. Her artist statement notes, ”

I find meaning through the observance and intimate awareness of the places I inhabit. With each geographic change, I have become more attuned to the natural and man-made attributes that make a location unique.  I look to the built environment of the city where I live for the formal qualities of my work: materials, forms, color and surface quality. The steel and concrete structures that surround us are evidence of human inhabitants- past and present.   Monumental structures are interpreted into the intimate scale of jewelry and are completed when worn on the landscape of the body.

Kat Cole is a studio artist in Dallas, TX.  Cole received her MFA at East Carolina University and BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and was a Visiting Professor in Metals/Jewelry at Western Michigan University.  She has been a presenter at Yuma Symposium and Craft Boston, she teaches workshops nationally and has exhibited internationally, including Schmuck 2014 and 2015 in Munich, Germany.  Kat Cole’s work has been published in Lark Books’ 500 Enameled Objects, Schiffer Publishing’s Art Jewelry Today 3, Metalsmith Magazine, Ornament, American Craft and Art Jewelry Magazine. Her work is in private and public collections including The Museum of Arts and Design in New York City and Houston Museum of Fine Art.”

This ring is available from Seattle’s Facere Jewelry Art. They explain that it is made of, “steel, enamel, and sterling silver. Top measures approximately 1 x 3/4 x 1/2″. Size 6 (May be sized to fit).” It sells for USD$242.

Jewel of the day: Kathrin Grosse Sterling Silver and Leather Bracelet

Henkel and Grosse is a name well known to costume jewelry collectors. As well as making pieces under their own name, they also produced jewelry for houses such as Dior. The work was high quality and sought after. Kathrin Grosse explains her family’s history: “In 1907, Heinrich Henkel and Florentin Grosse joined forces to found “Henkel & Grosse” in Pforzheim, a town known as the center of the German jewelry and watch-making industry. Ever since, the Grosse family has built over 100 years of tradition and heritage in jewelry making. I am proud to follow in my family’s footsteps and am delighted to present to you the new Grosse Jewels Sterling Silver collection. From early on, I set high value not only on innovative and aesthetically exceptional designs, but also on craftsmanship of the highest quality: from production to customer service.”

Though there is a “shop” section on her website, it appears to be password protected. She does also have an Etsy shop, where this bracelet can be found. The clasp is magnetic, making it easier to take off and put on. This sells for USD$224.38.

Jewel of the day: Gigi Moon Ancient Roman Coin Ring

Old coins and glass are really fascinating, given how long they’ve endured and how many hands have touched them over centuries. (Ok, probably less fascinating if you’re a germaphobe; fortunately, I’m not.)

This ring by Gigi Moon incorporates a Roman coin into a ring. The description: “A genuine ancient Roman coin is set in a sterling silver prong setting. The coin is from 200 – 400 AD. Ancient Roman coins like this are found all over Europe, Great Brittany, Spain, Egypt, Germany, any place occupied by the Roman Empire. The fronts of the coins feature the portrait of an unknown Roman Emperor. The backs feature two soldiers with signa, depicting Gloria Excercitus, the “Glory of the Army”. I chose to feature the back side but please feel free to request one with the head as the focal side. The coins shown in the picture are all that I have in stock. Please expect variation as these are genuine relics, the detail, size and coloration of the coin varies.
Each ring is custom made upon order. Please message me your size and coin side preference when ordering.”

This sells for a very reasonable USD$89.

Jewel of the day: Jankowska Jewellery Narrow Earrings

I’ve long been a fan of jewelry incorporating mesh. Jankowska Jewellery is a Poland-based workshop that knits silver chain into often elaborate pieces. They note that the company “is a family brand, established in 2006 by Ewa Jankowska, an artist from Opole. We create silver jewellery using unique method elaborated by Ewa. The texture of our pieces, sparkling like hundreds of diamonds, is a result of ingenious hand work of knitting – a technique which slowly falls into oblivion. We change hard metal into soft, flowing fabric, creating intricate plaits which turn into necklaces and bracelets. With use of the best Italian 925 sterling silver chain and original silver clasps locked by strong magnets, we guarantee the highest quality of our products.The jewellery is timeless in design, universal in style and original in look, which is confirmed by hundreds of enchanted clients in Europe and America.”

These custom earrings are knitted silver in shades of white, black and silver.

For purchasing information, contact Jankowska here.

Jewel of the day: Tod Pardon Pendastu Brooch

Tod Pardon works in sterling silver and mixed materials. His pieces are quite large and described also by vendors as sculpture, which they certainly are.

This brooch is being offered by New York’s Aaron Faber gallery. They describe it this way: “Tod Pardon’s ‘Pendastu’ brooch/sculpture is 6-5/8″ tall, a mixed media composition in sterling silver and 14K gold, inlaid with bone, pearl, pigmented green and yellow glass, wood, a glass eye, and a headress of green glass and gold beads.”

This sells for USD$2,400.

Jewel of the day: Manya & Roumen Nicodemus the Chameleon Ring

If you’re bored with the understated skinny stacking ring trend, here’s something that will bring something a bit different to your jewellery box.

By Manya & Roumen, it’s a chameleon cast in sterling silver (with some gold plated accents)it’s set with rhodolite garnets, paraiba tourmaline and diamonds.

This is available from Roseark and sells for USD$3,900.

Jewel of the day: 1-100 Medallion Stick Earrings

These rough hewn sterling silver earrings are by 1-100, a collaboration between Graham Tabor and Miguel Villalobos. They are described as handcrafted sterling silver earrings with hanging rectangular medallion and stick pendants with a drop of approximately 1.75 inches.

These sell for USD$350.

Jewel of the day: Bjorg Days Residue Necklace

This piece by Bjorg makes effective use of a piece of Herkimer diamond as the centrepiece of a caged pendant. The site explains, “Herkimer quartz ‘diamonds’ are the high energy seekers of the crystal world. Unusually transparent with a brilliant sparkle, they manifest pure, solid light and are powerful amplifiers of spiritual energy.

Herkimer diamonds are the most powerful of all quartz crystals. Being doubly terminated, they have the ability to not only transmit their own energies, but to receive spiritual energy and to amplify and focus it intently.

This mineral owes its name to Herkimer County, New York, USA, the principal place where it is found. Each single stone is unique and hand selected to fit perfectly each piece of BJØRG jewellery.”

The VAT-free price of this sterling silver pendant is €252.

Jewel of the day: Edwardian Paste Pendant

Though I started my collection with costume dress clips, I soon became fascinated by the sterling and paste pieces popular in Edwardian, Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods.Though the stones may be glass (generally) the workmanship is very fine and the look tends to be convincingly of the periods depicted.

This Edwardian pendant is a good case in point. It is sterling silver set with clear crystals and one blue cushion cut stone in the centre, accented with pearls. It sells for USD$155 from Etsy seller br2too.

Jewel of the day: Debra Adelson Tidal Pool Cuff Bracelet

Jeweller Debra Adelson specializes in pieces which incorporate glass, to lovely effect. This Tidal Pool Bracelet has carved glass as its centrepiece, set in sterling silver and accented with white topaz stones. This is a one-of-a-kind piece. Contact Adelson re price and other for sale items.


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