Thursday, September 29, 2011

My Jewelry Box

A look into my jewelry box, the box was a gift from my sister!  Similar one here.  Have a great weekend!


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A little bit of edge...

Dress: Diane von Furstenberg,   Shoes: Kors Michel Kors,   Jacket: Hanna & Gracie from Nordstrom Rack,   Purse: Chanel,  Sunglasses: Ray-Ban

Watch: Michele Deco Noir,   Stud Leather Bracelet: Akira (Chicago),   Diamond Tennis Bracelet,   Black Crystal Bracelet: J. Crew,    Wrap Bracelet: House of Harlow 1960,   H Cuff: Hermes,   Stacking Rings: Whitney Abrams,  Diamond Snake Ring: by Me,    Black Onyx Ring: Whitney Abrams,    Fringe Necklace: Forever 21


Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Wrist Wednesday!

Watch: Michele Sail Sport Watch,   Dragon Fly Ring: Whitney Abrams,   Crystal Ring: Forever 21,   Silver Bangles: Lauren Ralph Lauren,  H Cuff: Hermes,   Braid Bracelet: David Yurman,   Lucite Bangles: Alexis Bittar,  Large Silver Bangle: Simon Sebbag,  Crystal and Brown Bangles: Dinosaur Designs from Bloom 3 in Evanston, IL,   Purse: Christian Dior


Monday, September 26, 2011

Pop of Color!

Dress: Silence & Noise from Urban Outfitters,   Jacket: Zara,   Belt:  Akira (Chicago),   Shoes: Prada,   Purse: Lori's Shoes (Chicago)

Snake Bracelet: Kenneth Jay Lane,   Watch: Baume & Mercier,  Turquoise and Diamond Ring: Estate (From my Great-Grandmother),   Black Onyx Ring: Whitney Abrams
Diamond Snake Ring: by Me,  Stacking Rings: Whitney Abrams,   Nail Bracelet: Pat Flynn,   Scarf: Hermes
Clover Earrings: by Me,  Green Crystal Necklace: Forever 21,  Gold Necklace: Banana Republic


Everybody Loves Estate Volume III

CARTIER Coral Diamond Black Laquer Ladybug Brooch
Platinum Sapphire and Diamond Earrings

Salavetti signed Sapphire and Diamond Brooch

LALAOUNIS spectacular yellow gold serpent necklace
Diamond Butterfly Brooch
HERMES "Kelly" Watch

TIFFANY & CO 4.62 ct Emerald and Diamond Ring

BOUCHERON Paris Enamel Ruby Diamond Brooch


Thursday, September 22, 2011

John Paul Miller- Jeweler Extraordinaire

John Paul Miller was born in Huntington, Pennsylvania on April 23, 1918.  At a very young age his family relocated to Cleveland, Ohio where John attended classes at the Cleveland Museum of Art.  John excelled in art from a very young age and later went on to attend the Cleveland School of Art. During his time there he met Fred Miller, a fellow classmate who had experience in metalsmithing and originally taught John some basic metalsmithing techniques.  After graduating, John taught at the Cleveland School of Art before entering the army in July of 1941, where he was stationed at Fort Knox.  At the end of his training at Fort Knox he was pulled aside and asked to use his talents as an artist to paint murals in the recreation hall.  After the murals were finished John was assigned to the Training Literature Department, where he stayed for the rest of the war.

After the war John returned to teaching in Cleveland and started experimenting with the technique, granulation.  Granulation is when the surface of the gold is covered with small gold spheres or granules and is fused into place.  This technique originated in Sumeria (Iraq) and was later used by The Etruscans and Greeks.  Granulation is a very time intensive technique that was lost for a long time before being rediscovered in the early 20th century.

John Paul Miller is known for his reinvention of the technique of granulation and his extremely unique and breathtaking pieces that implement granulation and enameling.

John Paul Miller is currently 93 years old and living in a suburb outside of Cleveland, Ohio.  The Cleveland Museum of Art just featured an exhibition of the work by John Paul Miller, this past fall.  I had the opportunity to see the exhibition and meet the jeweler himself.  Below are images taken at the museum of his pieces, which feature granulation, enameling, 18K and 24K gold.

To learn more about John Paul Miller visit the Archives of American Art Website to read an interview manuscript with the jeweler from 2004 about his life and work.

Visit the Cleveland Arts Prize Website where you can watch a video of John working in his studio.


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