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uno de 50Vacation is over, but I am still in a Charleston frame of mind…easy, breezy and carefree. I stumbled across an ad in a local paper for Graffito. They do not have a website, but I am certain you will find a world of inspiration on the Graffito Facebook page. Then you will be Doin’ the Charleston.

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Daniel-Jocz-necklaceThe playful personality of this necklace from Daniel Jocz brings a smile to my face. He combines aluminum, chrome and auto-body lacquer in his jewelry for a fanciful dialog with customers and viewers. While I could not find a great deal of information about his work, you can find more on google images.

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felicity petersFelicity Peters makes jewelry and objects…because it gives her pleasure. You need look no further than the scroll of pictures on her home page to see that she loves her job. “Learning new processes, buying new tools, stretching ideas beyond one’s comfort zone is challenging and rewarding. The knowledge that there is never enough time in the day to respond to ideas, influences and new materials is frustrating.”

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oscar3Many of the jewelry items from the runway are waaaaaaaaaaaaay beyond our reach. But the Spring 2013, Oscar de la Renta, collection featured clusters and single flowers that can be replicated in many of the materials we use in our studios. “Not only do we see lots of floral printed dresses, shirts, pants etc…  Floral jewelry has been spotted here and there too… Oscar De La Renta for one had his models wear beautiful floral statement necklaces and bracelets on the 2012 runway to showcase his beautiful collection for the Spring 2013.”

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peanMonique Pean has been recognized for her design vision and commitment to sustainability. “MONIQUE PÉAN is defined by its unique materials, one-of-a-kind pieces and avant-garde style. The first to feature sustainable fossilized woolly mammoth ivory and fossilized walrus ivory in fine jewelry, MONIQUE PÉAN has established itself as the premier eco-friendly fine jewelry collection on the market.”

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eva shermanThe cover of the March issue of Art Jewelry has an amazing copper cuff by Eva Sherman. Eva has a very impressive background story…wife, mother, architect,  jewelry artist, small business owner,  teacher, 3 time cancer survivor,  Hungarian immigrant, world traveler, blogger and soon to be author…WHEW!!! With that resume she is certainly worthy of a cover story in a variety of magazines.

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jennifer merchantAlthough acrylics and magazines are not high end materials, in the hands of Jennifer Merchant they are transformed into jewelry that is carried in some very high end galleries throughout the country. “My journey began with a love of metals. I received a BFA from Savannah College of Art and Design in Metals and Jewelry. Due to the cost involved working in metal I chose to transition to alternative materials shortly after graduating. I now create exciting works that blur the line between art and fashion using acrylic layered around found imagery. I create innovative jewelry pieces with a fine art sensibility.”

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lee-hagaLee Haga’s jewelry reflects his appreciation of simple, uncluttered forms…nothing in excess, like a haiku. “During the years that I lived on the Oregon coast, I was continually inspired by the beauty of the coast line. I am drawn to the abstract shapes found on a beach, like a wave surrounding a rock, or a cliff protruding sharply into the volume of the sea. The Oregon coast is similar to Japan’s coast, and my personal aesthetics mirrors their philosophy of wabi-sabi, or rustic simplicity. In my jewelry and sculpture, I endeavor to combine contemporary Western metalsmithing techniques, like reticulation, hydraulic press or anti-clastic forming, with Japanese aesthetics and appreciation of natural materials.”

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As you may have surmised, I am ‘wild’ about Frey Wille enameled jewelry…love the simplicity and combination of pattern. “The new Spirit of Africa range features designs and motifs reminiscent of tribal prints and ancient art. The 18-piece collection, plated in 24-carat gold, is inspired by Mount Kilimanjaro and the vibrant natural patterns found on leopards, cheetahs, zebras and other wildlife in the region.”

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Brandon Holschuh wants his work to resemble an artifact recently unearthed from an archaeological excavation. “I want the work to look like it was unearthed. I try, in working with the metals, to give them some sort of suppleness that the metals aren’t rigid or cold, that they look like they’re alive. If I can get the metals to present as if they were living, or had been living at one time, like a specimen, even better.”

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