I have been intrigued by form and shape for years. Jewelry, for me, is the distillation of line and light into something graceful and yet very clean and simple. I am fascinated by what you can convey with just a few simple, yet graceful lines. I’ve always liked black and white photography because what you see foremost is light and shape.
Over the last 20 years I have worked in all facets of jewelry fabrication, including; casting, construction, forging, stone setting, repousse, reticulation and raising. My new work is called “Anticlastic Raising”. It is a technique used to deform sheets of 14 Karat or 18 Karat gold by compressing the center and stretching the edges of the piece. This work is all done with polished hammers of varying shapes and sizes. To this finished form we then sprinkle on Diamonds, Rubies, Sapphires, Fancy Sapphires, and other gem stones. Each piece is individually made.
Anticlastic raising is very sculptural and 3-dimensional in nature. A lot of jewelry looks good from the front, but from the side or back is really not very interesting. The pieces I make are meant to be viewed from all directions as they do not have an obvious front or back.
I have always been fascinated by movement in jewelry and have experimented with parts that rotate, slide, spin, or otherwise move. I am excited about my current work because of the fluid movement it conveys, yet it is very simple and clean looking. The reflection of light off of the curved surfaces contributes to the feeling of motion as does the physical movement of the piece on the body.
– Jerry Scavezze