Whether gemstones, coral or polymer, jewel tones from nature will punctuate the display cases of many of the 19 jewelry designers at the third American Fine Craft Show Brooklyn at Brooklyn Museum November 21-21, 2015. Jewelry, along with handmade work of 71 fashion designers and artisans of home accents, will fill the regal Beaux-Arts Court in time for holiday shopping.
Nature impacts the fine work literally or symbolically. Barbara Heinrich transformed perforated red-orange coral from the bottom of the ocean into necklace beads. She added an 18kt gold egg-shaped bead that mimics the coral’s perforations and a toggle clasp. Another necklace informed by the deep, but in brilliant turquoise, is Beth Faber’s “Seascape,” hand-woven with apatite, a boulder opal and gold. Louise Fischer Cozzi chose the colors of a tropical sea for “Ouroboros,” which is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail—the shape of this polymer bracelet.
Sheila Beatty incorporated such brilliant blues with emerald, aqua and lapis in a gold cloisonné and guilloche enamel pendant called “Bird of Paradise.” A white and yellow gold brooch of the same name by Cornelia Goldsmith features an aquamarine eye and diamond beak. Magenta/electric pink enhances Petra Class’s “Geometric Ruby Brooch/Pendant” as it does the cobalto calcite druzy of Sally Craig’s hand-woven earrings. Class said what fascinated her about gemstones is that you can almost paint with them. She called out “the wealth of different reds found in nature, by the sea of blues: the opaqueness of lapis, the transparency and subtlety of a lightly lilac-colored sapphire.”
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