There are so many reasons to purchase art jewelry…
- You got that hard-earned promotion—celebrate!
- You’re experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime occasion—honor it.
- You wrapped up that major accomplishment—pay it tribute.
- You want to mark the beginning of a new relationship or the end of one— commemorate it.
- Perhaps it’s an investment—do it!
- It’s the perfect piece to round out an aspect of your collection—pounce!
- Or maybe it’s to treat yourself—just because.
Art Jewelry Forum’s international gallery supporters celebrate and exhibit art jewelry. Our monthly On Offer series allows this extensive network of international galleries to showcase extraordinary pieces personally selected to tempt and inspire you. Take a look. You’re bound to find a fantastic piece you simply have to add to your collection! (Please contact the gallery directly for inquiries.)
MydayByday Gallery in Rome is featuring artist Jaiik Lee, with his brooch from the series Lifeform_43, from 2021, in leather board, split leather, and sterling silver. “I’ve been making metal objects with the theme of life variation and evolution,” says the artist. “Since various forms of experiments were essential to make them, I began to make small handicrafts of various forms using materials like recycled leather boards and split leather, which have flexible properties.”
In this series of works, Asako Takayashi explores the notion of identity in both aspects, individual and group. Individual as “personality” and group as “nationality.” Regarding “personality,” the artist focuses on the element of recording (memories) in life via photography. She uses photos from her own archive and impersonalizes them by concealing elements identifying individuals. The result is a beautiful ornamental pattern on which she works using techniques and patterns used in Japanese handicrafts, thus creating a link with group identity that she refers to as “nationality.”
When Claudia Milić makes her jewelry, she does so with the distinct desire that each piece will fully engage the senses. This necklace is created by thousands of identical elements, in a time-consuming and repetitive process that Milić describes as being “near meditative.” It looks like flowing rivers of chains within chains, cascades of preciousness that glitter and shine yet remain constrained within a design so elegant it merely caresses the wearer. The feeling of the piece is intriguing on many levels.
“Beginnings, endings, or everything in between,” says Iris Eichenberg. “Imagine a secret or a ritual to unfold. These sets of tools or remnants offer a new shared moment, the unfolding of a potential secret. The objects aim to activate but do not direct a concrete scenario. They activate a moment that might be choreographed between two people or that might travel through lines of generations, friends, and families connected in the moment of unpacking—the intimate gesture of opening up, the embracing and marking of an event. This event does not exist yet. I am curious about the impact things have on us and how they create a space that would not exist without them. So, rather than suggesting a narrative, I wish to hand the tools to be activated. Lending a space which is not occupied but might not mark endings but beginnings of a shared act.”
This large and bold-looking necklace by the Dutch artist duo Hartog & Henneman is designed to be taken apart into separate—lightweight!—links. The necklace is part of the latest jewelry series called Wood Connection. Jiska Hartog’s & Michiel Henneman’s art jewelry pieces can best be described as having an irresistible fun factor (and being well-made art jewelry design).
Shinji Nakaba (born 1950) is a contemporary Japanese jeweler who renders naturalistic, albeit ambiguous, images in minerals, shell, pearls, and steel, as well as upcycled aluminum cans and plastic bottles. Nakaba believes all materials to be of equal value for jewelry-making and treats them with the same reverence, whether precious metals and gemstones or discarded aluminum beer cans and plastic water bottles. Nakaba carves gemstones, seashells, and pearls using ancient processes. Nonetheless, his necklaces, brooches, and rings look anything but traditional, even though the realistic images are rendered with utmost precision.
A stunning example of Karl Fritsch’s work. Definitely recognizable as a signature Fritsch piece, this ring has fantastic scale and the colorful “bling” of (synthetic) gemstones in a weighty amount of 18-karat gold. One of Ornamentum’s favorites, for sure!
This is a work about the famous painter Jackson Pollock, with structures and a quotation of his work on the back of the brooch.
Faces, society, people, relationships, culture, community, race, equality, diversity, fashion, age, all stuck in a diamond.
Maria Rosa Franzin, international artist, is among the guest artists linked to the Gioielli in Fermento project and to Archivio Negroni’s contemporary showcase. Her works reflect a daily poetry where traces, research, and results intertwine her approach to art jewelry with her experience, that is, the approach into teaching. For Franzin, her relationship with her students has a profound meaning, and is embodied in her personal method of leading the students to the achievement of the result. For Archivio Negroni, Franzin proposed the Archivio/Archive limited series of pieces and a seminar introduction to drawing and goldsmith design, suitable for everyone, in Milan.
Shifting Sight is a series of work that explores color, light, and movement, offering optical and tactile experiences. The playful pieces provide visual repose for an anxious mind and amusement for restless hands. Light, environment, and the body present an ever-changing backdrop for the work to come to life, enhanced by the multiple configurations in which it may lay. This interplay of outside influence fosters a contemplative, curious, and captivating visual experience, one which the wearer may rely on for a momentary change of perception. This piece can be worn many ways. When not worn, it becomes a sculpture.
Born in 1957, in New Zealand, Neil Adcock graduated from the Wellington School of Design in 1979. He exhibited some of his early works at the National Art Gallery, in Wellington, and spent many years as a creative director in advertising. Adcock is a self-taught jeweler and sculptor, designing and creating bold, strong, singular contemporary work. He likes to use materials unique to New Zealand, i.e., pounamu, NZ amber, kauri copal/gum, gemstones and South Island gold. He melds these natural treasures to make his own unique style of jewelry.
Staffan Jonsson collects objects. Everything is then put on the “thing table.” The objects stand there and gravitate toward each other. They move around, forming couples or groups that create meanings and expressions. They are then joined together and made wearable. Jewelry as an art form has a unique ability to communicate with its surroundings and to move through rooms and environments. Jonsson was introduced to jewelry art by a teacher in 2015. This art expression grew on him. One of the things that captured him was the objects’ intimate connection to those who choose to wear them.
Since the beginning of her career, Stefania Lucchetta has worked to push the boundaries of traditional materials and production techniques, working with titanium and stellite. Her goal was to move forward, beyond what was already feasible, pushing modern technologies to their limits and exploring their potential to create innovative designs that challenge cutting-edge technology, creating unprecedented wearable architectures.
This brooch is a very special piece that gave rise to the solo exhibition From Memory, by Maria Ignacia Walker. It’s a very well-constructed brooch, with a stitched back and a ruby-eyed face—unforgettable.
$ulo Bee earned their BFA from Texas State University with a focus in metals and jewelry in 2018; they are currently working toward an MFA at SUNY New Paltz. They have exhibited their work with Heidi Lowe Gallery, Ombré Gallery, Vancouver Metal Arts Association, Australian Temp/Contemp Gallery, and Milan Jewelry Week. They were included in the Emerging Artist program of New York City Jewelry Week and completed a three-month residency at the Baltimore Jewelry Center. $ulo is featured in the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Learning Lab highlighting LGBTQIA+ artists, SNAG JaMS, Artistar Jewels, and Accessory Vanity Fair Magazine.