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3D in contemporary and conceptual jewellery

The times when the idea of 3D printed jewellery seemed like from science-fiction movies is over. Nowadays, more and more jewellery artists “print” their jewellery. This certainly does not mean that the work would remain less, on the contrary – since the 3D printer is able to create the exact up to the smallest component, a multifaceted preparatory work is required, which undermines the fact that 3D printed appearance disappears the artistic touch.In order to create jewellery from gold, silver, bronze, copper and brass, a specially created 3D printer is used. This technology is based on a modern 3D print technology, as well as traditional metal casting, i.e. the 3D model wax is printed, a form established, the wax is burnt replacing it with 14k or 18k gold. There is also an opportunity to print gold, silver, brass, bronze jewellery using the powders prepared by these metals. Jewellery artists choose the 3D printing method to make their jewellery lighter and easier, more comfortable to wear on everyday basis, others are fascinated by the involvement of new technologies in centuries of old art.

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Mamooth tusk and camel bone in contemporary jewellery

Jewellery artists use mammoth tusks and camel bones in their work.1. Mammoths extinct as the climate deteriorated and the ice age ended. The longest mammoths survived in modern Alaska and north-eastern Russia, where they could also be seen 3000 years ago. A broad search for mammoth tusks is taking place in Siberia at the Kolyma River. Searchers go to Siberia in the summer, when the sun never sets. This is the time when the top of the ground unfreezes and the workers have access to the remains of mammoths. Big water pumps are rinsing the ground and looking for bones. It seems that the bones of mammoth tusks literally comes out of the ground. Some tusks reach up to 4 meters in length. Later they are broken up into pieces. At the jewellery artist workshop, the material with this rich history is created, polished and adjusted to the continuation of the story of this bone. Thousands of years old story have got a new turn in it’s way and companions – gold, silver, ebony, precious stones and semi-precious stones.2. In fact, bone plaques are used for camel carvings. By its very nature, bone carving is a small form of sculpture, […]

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Enamel in contemporary jewellery

Since ancient times enamelling has been the only type of metal dyeing with long lasting effect that was used to decorate the surfaces of the finest metal ornaments – jewellery, crowns, scepter, armor, etc. At its core, enamel is the fusion of powdered glass to metal at high temperature. In order to achieve the required color tone, the enamel mass is added to the pigment before the heating – this allows to give the jewellery numerous variations of color gamma without using gems.Jewellery artists often uses enamelling because it allows them to add a painterly or illustrative quality to their work.

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Titanium in contemporary jewellery

Titanium is a very light, durable, bright, corrosion-resistant material that is nowadays widely used in contemporary jewellery. Thanks to its light weight, it is possible to create large-size jewellery. It is possible to create various kinds of pins, earrings rings, necklaces from it. Basically titanium is silver grey, but when it is heat-treated or heated, it produces a variety of color shades. That’s why titanium is easy to combine with other materials – the bluish-purple tone perfectly matches the golden glow, the metallic silver color or the jewels of any color range. Titanium belongs to the category – rare metal.

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Gigi Mariani – Italian in emotional casing

“Italian in emotion casing” – Italian contemporary artist GIGI MARIANI from Modena in Northern Italy, described by Agnese Čivle. Gigi’s other favourite passion is painting. His painting brushwork are rough and powerful. In the saturated terrain of scratches and cuts, texture is the way he reflects the processes of his inner world. In recent years, ornaments that resemble sculptural images becomes more the objects of emotional transfer. “My jewellery is a small sculpture born in my imagination. It is important for me that person is able to wear it on a daily basis.” Silver oxidation is an ancient technique that came from ancient Egypt. “It is rarely used in Italy, so I am very proud to keep this tradition alive. With this method I get the black, rough shapes of the jewellery.” The other technique used by the artist is granulation. This method has come directly from Italy. By combining two techniques, the artist manages to achieve the black, strong, heavyweight texture of coal that resembles a rigid lava that breaks through volcanic throat with an incredible emotional force and stiffened in its path. The most fascinating side of the jewellery is the hidden precious metals. On the black, coarse […]

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