jewelry styles, over hundreds of years, have been revived over
and over again. Old styles bring a sense of connection to history.
They evoke special emotions. They remind us of the importance
of the "hand" in craft -- something often lost in our
mechanical and technological age. These vintage designs demonstrate
proven styles which have transcended fashion.
it mean to "revive" vintage jewelry styles? Here, in
very much a romantic sense, we want to emulate these styles, borrowing
features and sensibilities, but adding some newer touch, such
as new materials or new construction techniques. Our goal is not
to re-invent per se, but to tweak, restructure, learn from, and
see if we can preserve and re-create that same sense of history,
awe, and emotion evoked by these vintage examples. We want to
restore some life to forgotten styles. We want to show some uniqueness
in our cookie cutter era.
We take recognizable
pieces of vintage jewelry. We deconstruct them in order to re-create
them. We want to preserve what's positive about these pieces,
yet infuse something new into them, as well.
differs from "Contemporizing
Traditional" jewelry. In the former, we mimic the original.
In the latter, we impose a new order on it.
and vintage-revival jewelry always makes the wearer feel very
special because these are always conversation pieces.
In my pieces,
I like to reconstruct vintage pieces using new materials and techniques.
I prefer to come close to older color palettes. I prefer to "age"
my metals. I like my pieces to look very "hand-crafted."