Geral­dine Fenn, Jo­han­nes­burg

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The look ‘I’ve al­ways been in­spired by his­tor­i­cal forms of jew­ellery, and I’ve of­ten in­cor­po­rated vin­tage bits and pieces into my work to give it a nar­ra­tive. I take th­ese tra­di­tional styles, such as signet rings, but reimag­ine them in a much more con­tem­po­rary way.’ Sig­na­ture ma­te­rial ‘I work in pre­cious met­als, sil­ver and gold, and I use a lot of pre­cious and semi-pre­cious stones and beads. Pre­cious met­als are much nicer to work in than met­als like cop­per or brass if you’re work­ing by hand, and they also seem more ap­pro­pri­ate for jew­ellery – es­pe­cially one-of-akind pieces.’ Phi­los­o­phy ‘I’m a very vis­ual per­son and, hav­ing stud­ied ar­chae­ol­ogy and art his­tory, I’m in­ter­ested in a lot of dif­fer­ent cul­tural ma­te­rial from around the world. This is es­pe­cially true of ar­che­typal forms of jew­ellery that have been around for hun­dreds of years, such as the heav­ily sen­ti­men­tal jew­ellery from the Ge­or­gian and Vic­to­rian pe­ri­ods.’

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