When Jewelry became Art!

04.08.2010 § Leave a comment

Here is my one of my favorite paintings. Sometimes I wish I could be Sandys’ Helen. I envy her beauty and, even more, I envy her Jewelry. Isn’t she perfect? Look at the colors, the balance between natural and crafted, the intelligence and honesty in details! To me, this is really beautiful.

When it comes to Jewelry, my favorite painters definitely are the English Pre-Raphaelites. Among their intentions were: authenticity, imminence of nature, serious and heartfelt meaning and of course aesthetics. Often reflected through the painted jewelry is their influence from Japanese and Oriental Arts. Look closesly at the Jewels on the following pictures.

The Pre-Raphaelite influence on the world of decorative objects was immense and even created a movement: the Arts & Crafts movement. Let us remember that at this period (mid 19th century until beginning 20th century) there was a worldwide growing anti-industrial and anti-massproduction spirit. What the English called Arts & Crafts had several names for similar movements in the rest of the world (the French Art Nouveau, for example). So, really this spirit was very very very global! People wanted a return to genuineness. They wanted unique, hand made, beautiful & intelligent objects. They wanted Art.

Arthur & Georgie Gaskin

Carlo Giuliano

Edith & Nelson Dawon

Edward Everett Oakes

George Hunt

John Paul Cooper

Robert Ashbee

“The aim of the movement was to resuscitate the dead tradition of producing jewels designed and manufactured by the same person or, better, the same artist.” Understanding Jewelry, by Daniela Mascetti & David Benett. At that point, something wonderful happened: Artists became Jewelers. In fact, Jewelry became Art! How relevant is that today? Well, look at today’s artist jewelers and contemporary jewelers! Aren’t they children of this movement?

Images: Google Images

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