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Inside The Collection: Preparing For The PMA Show

This November, I will participate as an Emerging Designer in the 46th annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show. It will take place from Friday, November 11 through Sunday, November 13, 2022, with a Preview Party on Thursday, November 10.


I have been eagerly anticipating the launch of the show and plan to premiere several new pieces at this illustrious exhibition. Below, you will find previews of the jewelry that I will be bringing to the PMA Show, along with in-process shots and information about the inspiration behind the pieces.

 


Speckled Malachite Suite


Malachite's opaque, green-banded patterning is caused by the botryoidal formation of the mineral, which is a globular external form resembling a bunch of grapes. Creating a cross section of these rounded formations results in the banding pattern we see. The banding pattern of every gem is different.


I had never before seen the unique, painterly splash of green speckles over a banded green background that the gemstones in this suite exhibit. The necklace includes five pieces of hand-cut malachite gems that take on organic silhouettes and the earrings a complementary pair of asymmetrical, organic-shaped gems.


The new Speckled Malachite Necklace and Earrings elevate this material to new heights, celebrating the undulating layers of green variation in hand-cut forms to highlight the nuance of the gem.


With a range of rich greens composing each pieces of malachite, this necklace will be the envy of all who see it!


Miniature Tahitian Pearl Cuff


This cuff bracelet features extraordinarily rare MINIATURE Tahitian pearls, ranging from 5-8mm in diameter. Each Tahitian Pearl typically takes 7-10 months to form and grows to be one of the largest species of salt water pearls in existence with diameters ranging from 8-18mm on average.


The pearls used in this cuff were intentionally cultured in this small scale while continuing to exhibit the pronounced iridescence and saturated colors that make Tahitian Pearls so extraordinary and valuable. The pearls range in hue from a classic and popular peacock, which is an iridescent mix of Green, Gold and Rose, to deep purple and emerald green.


To amplify the range of hues, the bracelet is crafted in 14k rose gold--a gold color that has red undertones that beautifully complement the pearls. It features a tangle of leaves the swirl around and under the pearls, holding them in an asymmetrical grouping of various sizes and colors. They remind me of buds on a vine that curls around the wrist.


Created using Computer-Aided Design software, the cuff was 3d-printed in a castable wax resin that was then cast using the lost-wax casting method in a vacuum casting machine. It was hand finished at the bench by me and each hand-drilled Tahitian Pearl was arranged and attached to the cuff.








Earring Assortment


I have always loved wearing earrings and I started collecting earrings even before I had my ears pierced! When I was younger, I favored long earrings that sounded like chimes moving freely next to my face. I liked bright colors, alternative materials of paper and fabric, and I had a spectrum of styles: hammer metals, modern laser cut wood, glass orbs, silver spindles, etc.


When I started designing jewelry, I gravitated to designing earrings and creating pairs. I love the challenge of creating a dynamic aesthetic, while remaining lightweight and comfortable to wear.


To this day, my collections remain earring heavy and contain a vast assortment of interesting gemstones, forms, shapes, and colors.


The Original Eve Booth at the PMA show will launch nearly 50 pairs of earrings onto the marketplace!







 

Original Eve specializes in creating bespoke jewelry. If you have a special celebration coming up, we can create custom jewelry featuring any colorful gemstone of your choosing!


Email me here and let's get the process started!


 

When it comes to Original Eve's jewelry designs, there is always more than meets the eye. If you have questions about any of the designs, crafting processes, gemstones, or materials used in the items you see in any of our jewelry, please feel free to reach out: eve@originaleve.com



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