By Saskia van Es |
How It Got Its Standing
Art historian Saskia van Es (Amsterdam, 1972) writes about contemporary jewelry for Dutch and international platforms such as Klimt02 and AJF. She recently started teaching at Sint Lucas Antwerp, in Belgium. During her time on the board of the Françoise van den Bosch Foundation, she discovered that there were many more facets to jewelry than she had thought. A theme she keeps returning to is jewelry materials: gold, pearls, gems, animal materials, plastics, and other man-made stuff. Rich, often mythical stories are told about each, but the sourcing of these materials can be harmful. This fascinating tension is also part of a piece of jewelry.