Friday, May 19, 2017

How it's Made: Modern and Minimal Mixed Metal Jewelry

Deriving inspiration from modernist designers and architects, our modern and minimal mixed metal jewelry by artist Sue Rosengard embodies an enviable balance of form and function.

After studying French and residing in Paris and Italy, Rosengard returned to her home town of Chicago to pursue her true passion of designing and crafting jewelry. Today we get a glimpse into her studio and a sneak peak at her process in this edition of "How it's Made."

Rosengard's studio is conveniently situated in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, an area with a high concentration of artist's lofts and live-work spaces. While there is plenty of daily inspiration in close proximity, the artist cites her upbringing among the modernist, minimal skyscrapers of Chicago as being highly influential to her work. 
 Using sterling silver, vermeil and gold-plate, she cuts, drills, casts and stamps the metals before hand-forming the wire to achieve her designs. Using simple hand tools and no forms or jigs, wire is skillfully arched, angled and adorned with etched accent beads.

The result is thoughtfully designed, exquisitely crafted and endlessly versatile geometric jewelry that complements the wearer's individual style and personality.

You can find this lovely jewelry in our Main and Modern Wing stores and online right here:

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