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Next door to jewellery?

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Published: 11.11.2010
Next door to jewellery?.
Sanna Svedestedt

Have you noticed the trend in hand objects? There are hand pieces that both men and women are carrying on a daily basis. They are about 115.5 by 62.1 mm (that is 4.5 by 2.4 inches for you who are not used to the metric system) and they are most commonly seen in sparkling black execution. These objects are being brought to and displayed in restaurants, bars, cafes - everywhere. When held in a hand, gently caressed by its owner we see a great resemblance and a close relation to a jewel. They also have functions that makes you able to call or Google... So these hand pieces might also be useful - but they seem to be too big to fit comfortably in a pocket, and interestingly enough that doesn’t seem to matter.

Thank you Apple, for making more people open to carrying around things that does not fit in pockets and that you cannot wear gloves when you use.

Apertura1. copper, enamel, acrilyc by Gemma Draper

Next time we sit across from one of these trendy jewels at a restaurant, we would like to put one of Gema Draper's pieces right next to them.

As we know by now jewellery is a word with a wide definition. Sometimes we end up in discussions where we try to narrow it down. Can we exclude a piece that cannot be worn, for example, or objects that are not related to a body? And does it have to be a human body? Maybe we are obsessed, but we see the neighbours of jewellery everywhere we go. Have a look at these buildings and their brooches for example.

Pictures from a walk in Barcelona

Maybe we are actually talking about a basic human instinct to decorate our surroundings? Sometimes it is obvious that we are willing to go to extremes to fulfil the need.

Right now Christmas decorations are exploding all over Gothenburg. And this piece you need a helicopter to “wear”. Now isn’t that devoted decoration!

putting the Christmas star on high altitude

We will not waste time to try to solve the “what is jewellery”question. Instead we are focusing on finding inspiration from our decorated society.

"I think I'd like to wear this part..."

A compact view over Barcelona...

..turns into a neckpiece (Neckpiece by Sanna Svedestedt - work in progress)

And now when Christmas is getting closer we are looking forward to get a "more-is-more-inspiration -boost"

More to come...

- Karin Roy Andersson & Sanna Svedestedt


About the author

Sanna Svedestedt, Klimt02 Forum Editor & jewellery artist

Karin Roy Andersson, Manager gallery Four, Gothenburg & jewellery artist


About this blog

Diagonal is a collaboration between Karin Roy Andersson & Sanna Svedestedt. Our focus is to promote contemporary art jewellery. With this blog we share our views & thoughts to take you with us through the ups & downs of our jewellery adventures.