I love historical jewelry - I'm a painter - I love to paint jewelry. The very qualities that make precious stones fascinating to look at - reflection, refraction, translucence, shine, etc. - make them fun to paint as well. Another thing that makes the process fun for me is that I get to design the jewelry that I include in my work. The settings of my paintings span quite a long timeline - the 1500s through to the 1950s - so I've had plenty of opportunity to design pieces that are appropriate to a great variety of time periods. My pedantic heart loves the research this requires, and feels a good bit of pride that I "get things right."
Sorry to say that none of these objects actually exist. Nowhere other than in my grandiose imagination, that is. This is only a selection; I was shocked at how much there was when I started collecting these details. Many of the images here are actually very much enlarged from the original. Others are reduced.
|"Faux-bergé". (Three images.)|
|Of course this isn't jewelry at all, but what with the delicacy of the pattern and the iridescence of the beading, it ends up rather jewel-like.|
|My faux-Cartier, or faux-Boucheron.|
|Pendants from a hair ornament.|
|No, again not actually jewelry or jeweled, but....|
|From a just finished painting. Though I love Elizabethan jewelry, the aesthetics are very different than mine; this was a challenge. (Four images.)|
|Perhaps needless to say, these are very much enlarged. I really enjoy how crude - but still correct - my work looks when magnified like this.|