Art Jewellery September 13 2013

What is it ?

Art jewellery is jewellery designed and made by an artist. Jewellery that is sculptural, featuring interesting shapes which are only possible to achieve through the highly educated skills and the imagination of an artist; an undisputed talent for design and a passion for working with precious metals is a must. Art jewellery as one-of-a-kind is hand made, with its intrinsic value and creative quality set apart from the mass produced kind.

A bit of history

The acceptance of jewellery as art was fostered in the United States very quickly after World War II by major museums such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, each of which held major shows of art jewellery in the 1940s. The art jewellery movement started in both North America and Europe as a juxtaposition of the geometric, abstract forms of the Art Deco style and the functional forms of technology and engineering. The result was simple, sculptural and clean design. In the 1960s, a new generation of artists/jewellers challenged traditional concepts of jewellery as a status symbol and means of sexual stereotyping. Radical forms and non- precious, mundane materials such as wood, steel, aluminum, rubber were introduced and juxtaposed with traditional goldsmithing and jewellery making. The first gallery for art jewellery only, "Orfevre", opened in Duesseldorf, Germany, in 1965.

Why should you buy art jewellery ?

Art jewellery can be considered an investment: in the artist, in timeless elegance, and in the future. Art jewellery enables pride of ownership that only one-of-a-kind pieces can generate. Costin Lazar’s body of work, in particular, is more than mere accessories; they are statements of subtle sophistication that can be handed down from generation to generation, as they are timeless and not intended to reflect cyclical trends; they make any outfit haute couture.
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