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The struggle of precious with non-precious materials is typical of recent years and has prepared a new way for ‘young contemporary jewelry’. Neither preciousness nor eternal preservation seems to be important to this new breed of arty accessories – with its value lying in its communicative potential. Within the young international jewelry scene, the new arrangement of everyday materials is a sovereign one and provides pieces with a lively expression. in the middle of the 20th century, a large part of society consisted of middle class people, conservative. In their taste and whose ideals were very strong and deeply-rooted, a society little inclined to change its lifestyle or its symbols. Jewelry was often viewed as an emblematic gesture, a sound investment that could be passed down through generations. There was, however, another part of society ready for renovation. Industry and fashion have changed the approach to jewelry by removing its symbolic and ancestral value. In a society, where great importance is given to superficiality, jewelry has been deprived of any cultural value thus limiting its understanding and consequently its distribution. In this context, the pioneers of the contemporary scene, albeit with some difficulty, had a fertile ground to work on.

does it represent what it did in the recent past?
When economy is stagnant, it is obvious that contemporary jewelry is faced with a very difficult challenge. It seems to be a restricted matter, among a rather small group of people and moves in a limited market, for many reasons including the fact that it does not shift a large sums of money. However, it seems the role of jewelry nowadays is not determined by whether the field is restricted, but whether the designers will be able to maintain and develop this specific sector. Often people do not understand why something so minimal and simple, made from materials such as used material, silicone, plastic, glass, and paper, should be so ‘expensive’. For most people, ‘contemporary’ and ‘the use of poor materials’ is equivalent to economic.

so what makes some things valuable and others not?
These contemporary accessories are made of innovation and artistic research. A piece of jewelry is not merely a decorative ornament; it usually has a meaning, which might be a celebration of something, or a loss, it might be very personal, but these meanings can also be universal, recognizable in today’s society. The rigorous monumentality of ‘poor jewelry’ comes alive when it is worn, when the tactile pleasure of the alternative materials comes into play. In the research of innovative materials, the here featured artists’ work is characterized by an empirical approach – solutions are found by direct experimentation.

page 1 : glass, ceramics & stones :

glass- kaste helmi - glass bracelet and rings by  (lives and works in helsinki, finland).jpg porcelain rings by gabriela feldentrager (lives and works in frankfurt, germany)

Kaste HELMI - glass rings (Finland) — Gabriela FELDENTRAGER porcelain rings (Germany)

page 2 : paper, wood & plants :

paper rings by kiwon wang (born in south korea, lives and works in new york, usa)wooden bracelet by terhi tolvanen (born in finland, lives and works in amsterdam, netherlands)

Kiwon WANG paper rings (South Korea/USA)Terhi TOLVANEN wooden bracelet (Finland)

barbara Uderzo - green jewelry
Barbara UDERZO – « green » jewelry

page 3 : metal, plastic & soap :

poor- soda can ring by mason douglas (lives and works in washington, usa)katja korsawe  elastic bands bracelets  (lives and works in dortmund, germany)

Mason DOUGLAS soda can ring (USA)Katja KORSAWE  elastic bands bracelets  (Germany)

page 4 : textiles, rubber & fur :

poor- burnt silk ring and necklace by rita marcangelo (lives and works in rome, italy)rings by burcu buyukunal (lives and works in istanbul, turkey)

Rita MARCANGELO burnt silk ring (Italy)Burcu BUYUKUNAL rings (Turkey)

Il ne nous reste plus qu’à fêter cette créativité !


poor- cork ring  by margarida matos (born in portugal, lives and works in london, uk)

Margarida MATOS cork ring (Portugal/UK)




Tosca TERAN – pataphysical journal

Classé dans : COUP DE COEUR,CREATEURS,,metal,Tosca TERAN (CA),USA,verre / glass — bijoucontemporain @ 21:08

découverte sur METALCYBERSPACE (une source INEPUISABLE de richesses !!!) – bijoux en argent et verre soufflé

COUP de COEUR, encore et toujours !! :-)
 » An Un-Natural History – 2009 -  The inspiration for this body of work is my fascination with the artistic representation of natural history, the creation of fictitious places in literature and my recent interest in Cordyceps fungus – in particular, Cordyceps Unilateralis, a species of entomopathogenic fungus that infects and alters the behaviour of ants in order to ensure the widespread distribution of its spores. It is from the Cordyceps that I most strongly draw the physical inspiration for my work at present. If we can say that the world of science is synonymous with truth and the world of art with that of fiction, I want to tread a middle ground that is unusual and seemingly beyond belief, yet also familiar. Borrowing from the work of German biologist and naturalist Ernst Haeckel, I want to create a body of work that is a documentation of something newly discovered; but, whereas it is claimed that some of Haeckel’s embryo drawings of 1874 were fabricated, for example, I am starting in the opposite direction, from a conjecture of the imagination grounded with elements that – although bizarre – are quite real, to try to give it verisimilitude. Haeckel’s embryo drawings, in spite of the fact that they overemphasized similarities between embryos of related species, nonetheless found their way into many biology textbooks, and into popular knowledge. I have adapted and created my own peculiar genus of entomopathogenic fungus with the hope that it inspires us to wonder not what imagination or motivation created them but simply, where such things can be found. The specimens in this collection are represented as maquettes; as a reader of Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth, C.S. Lewis’ Perelandra and John Uri Lloyd’s Etidorpha, I would want to believe that the imagined place from which these specimens originate would also allow them to thrive and grow to fantastic size. If the illusion is complete, please think of them as the younger of the species, provided not merely to delight the curious but to educate and inform in the manner of an exhibit in a natural history museum. On a final note, all of these specimens share the common feature of being based on a “ring” form, something to be worn on the hand, which is drawn from the idea of hand gestures. Although hand gestures are often regarded as mimed versions of spoken communication, they can imitate, amplify, substitute, and even contradict speech. Implied hand gesture here reveals the space and time dimension of a narrative within the pieces and their imagined origin. » (Tosca TERAN)

Tosca Teran - un-natural history

the « Un-natural History » album – 2009 – sterling silver & flame-worked blown glass, & other materials

Tosca Teran - Interplanetary Hearing deviceTosca Teran -double spore ring

« Interplanetary Hearing device » earring -                 « double spore » ring

Tosca Teran perelandrian ring 'Cnidarian'Tosca Teran -heart of glass

perelandrian ring ‘Cnidarian’           -          heart of glass

Tosca Teran - ringPerelandrian ring, 'Ecdysozoa'

silver, copper, wood branch ring                                       
- Perelandrian ring, ‘Ecdysozoa’ – sterling silver, flame-worked blown glassJ’adore le travail, l’imagination … j’ADORE les noms donnés à ces bijoux, monde fantasmagorique, marin ? sous-marin ? flottant entre limbes de l’inconscient, volutes de fumées ,-) , liquides amniotiques ou sub-aquatiques …. monde de la pré-naissance ou de la pré-connaissance ….

Tosca Teran - 2009- an Un-Natural History - 'Epigeous Conidiophorus' - silver, enamel, silicone, borosilicateTosca Teran - 2009- an Un-Natural History - 'Unclassified' - sterling silver, borosilicate, gold,oils, lichen

  »an Un-Natural History » -2009
Epigeous Conidiophorus‘ – silver, enamel, silicone, borosilicate       –
Unclassified‘ – sterling silver, borosilicate, gold,oils, lichen

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Classé dans : COUP DE COEUR,metal,Petra SCHOU (SE),Suede (SE) — bijoucontemporain @ 3:34

Petra SCHOU, Stockholm.

In my work, I often start out with an emotion or a mood, a memory of something. Sometimes, I take inspiration from forms in nature and the variations of the seasons, or my own family history.

I often try to relieve the solidity and rigidity of the metal by adding a sense of air and movability.
This is the reason why each piece of jewellery is made out of many small parts that I join or solder together into larger units. In that way, the material softens and becomes more vibrant and sensual. The flexibility allows the jewellery to follow the shape and movements of the body.

Petra SCHOUPetra SCHOU funnel ring

Petra SCHOU (SE) – funnel bracelets, silver  – funnel ring, silver

COUP de COEUR ! :-) Je sens que je DOIS avoir un de ces bracelets « hérisson » ! superbe travail !


bijoux de Claire WOLFSTIRN

Classé dans : Claire WOLFSTIRN (FR),France (FR),Gal. Elsa Vanier (FR),GALERIES,metal — bijoucontemporain @ 2:35

sur  ArtBaz, galerie en ligne  ( et sur

Plusieurs choses intéressantes (de jolis tissus, de superbes photos), mais en ce qui nous concerne, surtout, les bijoux de Claire WOLFSTIRN

A découvrir ou redécouvrir !

Ce n’est pas à proprement parler mon style de bijou, comme vous l’aurez remarqué j’aime ce qui est plus extravagant ;-) mais on sent un travail à la fois profond et ludique, léger, comme un souffle « d’herbes folles » sur l’argent…. Elle compose aussi des tableaux qui servent d’écrins et de support : je me rappelle la visite de son atelier, lors de Portes Ouvertes, j’avais craqué sur de délicates boucles d’oreilles qui, lorsqu’on ne les portait pas, se posaient dans/sur un petit tableau qui leur servait de cadre/écrin/reposoir. J’avais adoré l’idée !

mais pas de sous à l’époque ! :-(

Du coup elles sont gravées dans un coin de ma mémoire ….. un jour, peut-être ….. « quand je serai grande » ! ;-)

Sinon, dans cette galerie ArtBaz, qui semble très bizarre (aucune information …. ou suis-je miro ?), ou alors « mourante » ?, j’aime beaucoup les boucles d’oreilles en arc, et leur nom, « herbes folles » (photo ci-dessous)

Claire WOLFSTIRN - Boucles 'herbes folles' P

« Tableaux à bijoux, une autre façon de voir – Bien souvent, nous enlevons nos bijoux sans y penser. Par ce geste machinal, le plus beau des joyaux échoue au fond d’une boîte dans un amoncellement sans gloire où l’oubli le menace aussi sûrement que la dégradation. Claire Wolfstirn a donc résolu de sortir ses créations de ce purgatoire. Pour quelques unes d’entre elles, elle crée des reposoirs qui sont autant de tableaux. Les surfaces de laiton, patinées à l’acide et parfois dorées à l’or, sont conçues sur mesure pour accueillir le bijou, pierre angulaire d’un univers singulier. Ainsi exposé, il est une nouvelle réalité pour son propriétaire qui peut l’admirer comme une sculpture, sans nécessairement le porter. »  (sur )

Claire WOLFSTIRN - Tableau en laiton patiné à l'acide et application de feuille d'or. Bague en argent et orClaire WOLFSTIRN Tableau en laiton patiné à l'acide et application de feuille d'or. Bague en argent et or - 2
(Tableau en laiton patiné à l’acide et application de feuille d’or. Bague en argent et or )

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