The Tiffany T

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Prior to taking the position as Design Director, Francesca Amfitheatrof requested a visit to the Tiffany archives. She discovered that through Tiffany’s 177 year history there was much more than ‘traditional’ design. It was a geometric necklace with clean lines and a square setting that inspired the Tiffany T Collection. “A trained jeweler and silversmith, design director Francesca Amfitheatrof reimagined the letter T as a piece of engineering, which you can see in the mechanisms for cuffs. The T is sculptural and bold and very closely linked to the architecture of New York City,”

frey wille

If you have read Ornamental Elements for any length of time, you begin to realize I am inspired by the jewelry of Frey Wille. The latest collection in the Homage series is Homage A Claude Monet. The video below gives us a peek at the design process behind the artistry. 

I apologize for the delay in my latest post. We have been without phone and internet for over two weeks…a long, frustrating two weeks. 

The Original Vera

VeracollageIn 2014, when the name Vera is mentioned, typically, we think of Vera Bradley’s colorful textiles & accessories. Well….once upon a time, there was another Vera…Vera Neumann, whose colorful prints with her bold signature were a must have in every woman’s wardrobe.

“Vera Neumann was an unlikely revolutionary–her tiny five-foot-tall frame typically dressed in mod tunics and a bold scarf, armed with a quick but shy demeanor. But Vera­–the innovator of cross-licensing and one of the most successful female entrepreneurs of her time–had a radical philosophy: fine art should be accessible to everyone, not just a select few. She believed that artwork should not be relegated to walls. Rather, people should surround themselves with art–wear it, dine off it, and dream under it. And why not? Great art endures. It lifts your spirit and makes you feel better. Vera’s art certainly does. It’s bright, happy, and inspirational.”

Follow this link for more inspiration from the original Vera.

Observation of Elements

myung ursoMyung Urso’s inspiration relies upon an abundance of disparate materials in her studio. “I often observe how different elements play out in their own way, helping to define the destiny of each work. Pursuing the textures of abundant materials is my primal interest in making jewelry. Adopting different fibers with other solid material reveals unique surfaces, characteristics, shapes, colors and textures.”

Clean & Delineated

karen vanmolKaren Vanmol is inspired by the architecture of the city and the texture of the natural landscape. “A city without a little nature works claustrophobic for me, but a nature landscape with no sign of humanity is too quiet for me. Protecting or imitating nature, the use of natural materials in architecture, the restoring of a road surface, accidental strong shapes on a construction site, these things I find very interesting.”

mckenna-hallet2McKenna Hallet’s challenges herself create jewelry with low or no impact to our planet. “I want to create objects of art with a minimum of impact on OUR PLANET and to this end I will never use electricity or heat or corrosive chemicals to construct my jewelry and I will use as few items as possible from newly manufactured sources.” The two photos on her home page highlight her ability to source materials and see a future for the metal far removed from it’s original purpose. 


Natural Connection

daria salusDaria Salus grew up in Chicago, but her work as a jeweler began in Santa Cruz, California. “For over two decades, Daria has used her ever-developing “deep connection to the ocean and forest environments” as a springboard for creativity, crafting pieces that are at the same time personal and universal, connecting hand-crafted art with the spirit of nature.”


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