Monday, May 05, 2008

Jewelry as Art

Neue Galerie in New York has a jewelry exhibit that does belong in an art gallery. The exhibit “Wiener Werkstätte Jewelry,” with more than forty precious objects drawn from public and private collections, highlights masterpieces created by the Wiener Werkstätte (Vienna Workshop) between the Viennese firm’s inception in 1903 and 1920. The Vienna Workshop promoted viability of good design and fine craftsmanship.

The jewelry in this exhibit is made of gold and sliver, with no precious stones. The jewelry looks like miniature sculpture.

The Library has lots of books on making metal jewelry. I have talked to many people who either make their own jewelry or know someone who does, and have stopped buying jewelry from stores. Perhaps this image will inspire you to do the same.

Elegant Wire Jewlery
500 Earrings
Contemporary Bead & Wire Jewelry
Making Colorful Wire & Beaded Jewelry

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