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MODERNIST JEWELRY, 1930-1960
The Wearable Art Movement

FORM & FUNCTION
American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970
Though I've collected and sold mostly silver jewelry over the years, there are some incredibly beautiful pieces in gold that have recently been added to my web site.  I hope you will enjoy viewing this special collection of gold jewelry.
 
To use this page, please click on the "descriptions" link for descriptions and more photographs. For inquiries, please email
mschonmodern@gmail.com
E D  W I E N E R   (1918-1991)

Ed Wiener was one of the most well-loved and respected modernist jewelers of his day. Though almost entirely self-taught, he possessed a magnificent appreciation of form, line, and color together with an amazing ability to uniquely apply the ideas and principles of modernism to his life's work.

His work is featured in every major book on American mid 20th century studio jewelry.  Biographies of Paul Lobel and photographs of his work can be found in both of my books, Modernist Jewelry, 1930-1960, The Wearable Art Movement and Form & Function, American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970 and his work was included in the exhibit "American Modernist Jewelry, 1940 - 1970" at the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 2008.  Please see MODERN SILVER magazine archives:
www.modernsilver.com/Americanmodernistjewelry.htm

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G  O L D,   P L A T I N U M,   D I A M O N D S,   P R E C I O U S,   S T O N E S
A beautiful handmade 14K gold ring with turquoise, diamonds and ruby.

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14K gold and Kunzite, Art Nouveau Ring NEW!

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Art Smith (1917-1982) was a New York silversmith who's African American heritage influenced his sculptural jewelry forms.  More than any other modernist jeweler of his day, Art Smith was concerned with ornamenting the human form.  His primitive-inspired, biomorphic constructions can only be truly understood in relation to the body. "A piece of jewelry, he said, "is a whatisit? until you relate it to the body...Like line, form and color, the body is a material to work with. It is one of the basic inspirations in creating form...(the question is) not how do bracelets go, but what can be done with an arm?"

Information from my book, Modernist Jewelry, The Wearable Art Movement.

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Bjorn Weckstrom is an internationally recognized sculptor/jeweler.  He won the  Lunning Prize in 1968.  His "sculptural cufflinks and rings play with volumes and surfaces, alternating the light reflections on shiny and matt silver." One of his space series pieces, a necklace titled "Planetary Valleys" was worn by Princess Leila in  the 1977 "Star Wars" movie. Weckstrom's work has been featured in museum shows in many countries. (information from European Designer Jewelry by Ginger Moro)

for more information on Bjorn Weckstrom go to  http://www.modernsilver.com/weckstrom.html

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