Enameled Test Stars

NEXT. I don’t work fast enough – still nailing down a color scheme with these messy test pieces. In the meantime, the concept has evolved so much further beyond this. One of my greatest challenges in the studio is finding the balance that hides somewhere between finishing projects, perfectionism, and having 10,000 ideas started yet unfinished. Too many methods to try out. I’m looking forward to the future day when we can sculpt with our actual hands and have that data fed into a 3D computer model. In the meantime I’ll finish these little stars, old school 💜

NEXT. I don’t work fast enough – still nailing down a color scheme with these messy test pieces. In the meantime, the concept has evolved so much further beyond this. One of my greatest challenges in the studio is finding the balance that hides somewhere between finishing projects and perfectionism. Too many enticing ideas, concepts and methods to try out… I’m looking forward to the future day when we can sculpt with our actual hands and have that data fed into a 3D computer model. In the meantime I’ll finish these little stars, old school 💜 • #enameljewelry #cloisonne #cloisonné #jewelersbench #whatsonmybench #champleve #starjewelry #handcraftedjewelry #oldschoolskills #perfectionism #unfinishedproject #flowerjewelry #jewelrydesign #metalsmith #bijoux #nycjeweler #instajewelry #ig_jewelry #meettheartist #handcut #handcraftedintheusa #nocomputer #whatimdoing #vitreousenamel #enameledjewelry #artnouveaujewelry #artnouveau #sterlingsilver #sterlingsilverjewelry #madebyhand

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The Hyacinth

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“In Greek mythological legend, Hyacinthus, a beautiful Laconian youth was beloved by the sun god Apollo and by Zephyrus, the west-wind. One day Hyacinthus matched Apollo in a game of quoits, a sport akin to horseshoe pitching, where flat metal rings were thrown over a peg. The jealous Zephyrus blew a quoit thrown by Apollo from its course, and the heavy ring smote Hyacinthus on the head and killed him. The grieved Apollo changed the blood drops of his dead friend into the beautiful flower Hyacinth (Hyacinthus). Symbolizing the vegetation scorched by the hot disc of the summer sun and its resurrection in spring, this legend was commemorated in ancient Greece in the yearly Hyacinthia festival.”

Hyacinth, Mattioli’s Commentaires, Lyons, 1579.

Cat’s Head Tie Pin

I really love this.

Stoneface Monday

Gold Conference

The Crown of the Andes

It’s gonna be a golden week… 👑 Crown of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception (Crown of the Andes) — Gold, emerald. Spain ca. A.D. 1660 (base), ca. A.D. 1770 (arches). Colombia, Cauca Valley, Popayán. — “This imperial gold crown, worked in repousse and set with nearly 450 emeralds, was made to adorn a sculpture of the Virgin Mary venerated in Popayán, Colombia. A symbol of the Virgin's divine rulership, the crown is surmounted by four arches topped by a cross-bearing orb that symbolizes Christ's dominion over the world. The crown's diadem, an openwork band of foliate scrofls, is embellished with emeralds mounted in the form of flowers, a reference to the Virgin's purity. This combination of gold and emeralds also reflects the aesthetic preferences of Precolumbian cultures of Colombia and Panama.” • #goldobsession #spanishconquest #1600s #1700s #antiquegold #finejewelry #jewels #jewelgram #jewelsofinstagram #lovegold #antiquejewelryaddiction #emeraldjewelry #fabulousfashion #spanishstyle #imperial #antiquejewelry #emerald #highkaratgold #overthetop #colombianemerald #crown #diadem #goldenkingdoms #repousse #museumphotography #oldworld #goldsmith #metalwork #oldgold #👑

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