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tiffany t2

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,”

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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. 

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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. 


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gustavo delgadoGustavo Delgado considers making jewelry a ‘transformation game’. “My work in Jewellery attempts to explore the abstraction of shapes with the purpose of liberating them form their commonness. Behind the veil of everydayness, many natural or artificial shapes surround us, sometimes with real movement and in other occasions feigned, and when we recover the forgotten surprise of observing them, it is then that the temptation to create becomes irresistible and inevitable. It is this astonishment for shapes, its symmetries and disorders that starts up my creative process.

And at the workshop, the transformation game, everything changes and moves around us, but it can cause changes and even accelerating them represents another temptation, to which I succumb, and succumb again…”

Sorry for the delay in posting. Bill and I have been ‘retired’ for a total of three weeks and he has been fighting pneumonia for two of those…with ten days in the hospital. Things appear to be going in the right direction now and we are closer to recycling our lives…again…

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christyn-bijoux 1 25As a French language drop out in high school…I didn’t fare very well in Spanish either, we will let the work of Fabienne Christyn tell her story. She works primarily in white porcelain creating large sculptural installations as well as jewelry. Fabienne’s work was pinned by Amalthee-Creations, another artist who ‘cuts to the chase’ and creates powerful designs with an innate simplicity.

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jacqueline ryanEven though Jacqueline Ryan’s jewelry is often exhibited, she feels it is meant to be worn. “My works are not made just to be exhibited, they want to be worn, because it is the interaction between the jewelry and its wearer that gives a work its full functionality and awakens it to life.” Ryan is inspired by her love of nature and her appreciation of old cultures. Her signature technique involves the use of a piercing saw to cut through the metal to create repeated motifs.”

After a soggy Easter weekend with nine of us under one roof, we woke up Monday morning to blue skies and temps in the 70’s…finally beach weather!!! We’ve spent the last five days in the water and on bicycles, exploring and soaking up much needed sunshine. Oh Well…all good things must come to an end and we on our way back to Ohio… 

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The Chanel Rainbow collection pops from the pages of all of the Spring fashion magazines. The Daily Beast called it a “painterly print featuring every possible colour on the colour wheel. The final dresses, which were fashioned in this print, were a particular standout and were pieced together using fabric strips, lace, ruffles, and pleating.”

Do you think Karl Lagerfeld was inspired by the Stroppel Cane, when he designed the center top and pants?

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