September 20, 2012

Even Jewelry Has a Past

Images: (Top Left) Ancient jewelry discovered by Israeli archaeologists is displayed at the Tel Aviv University, Israel. (AP Photo/Dan Balilty) (Top Right) Alexander Calder Flower necklace, c. 1938 (Bottom) 12th century gold earrings from Iran. From “Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry: Exquisite Objects from the Cradle of Civilization,” an exhibit sponsored by The National Jewelry Institute 

It is my belief that in order to truly perfect your craft, whatever it may be, you must first understand its origin. Those who teach should know the history of the modern educational system and the great educators of world. Those who are professional athletes should recognize and respect the athletes of the past who broke ground for their sport and paved the way for today's competitors. In that same vane, my passion is jewelry design so I pay homage to the history of its design by celebrating the creativity of those who originally developed time-honored production techniques and functionality as well as those whose use of color and culture collaboratively have inspired countless jewelry artists including myself.

Kenyan man wearing tribal beads. (Wikipedia)

1935 - Creation of the Ludo Hexagon bracelet.
Van Cleef & Arpels

For anyone who loves jewelry and wants to get more of an appreciation of this true art form, I recommend reading 7000 Years of Jewelry by Hugh Tait and Jewelry: From Antiquity to the Present by Clare Phillips. Rich with imagery, they also make great coffee table gifts! Also, visit the American Society Jewelry Historians website for a listing of jewelry exhibits across the globe. Long live jewelry!

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