These asymmetrical amethyst, pink tourmaline, and apatite earrings are from Jack Boglioli’s Opulence Collection. They are designed to be feminine, bold and alive with motion. Jack applied a patina to the surface of the finished frameworks. He did the binding and weaving with fine silver, without a patina, to add contrast. The stones are bound and woven in place using Jack’s signature “Boglioli Method.”
The asymmetrical earrings are about 32 mm tall (1 1/4 inch) and 7 mm wide (1/4 inch) at the widest point. The lever-back ear wires are sterling silver.
Amethyst is a type of quartz. It is known for it’s striking purple color. It was at one time associated with wine, and as a result believed to prevent drunkenness. Also, it is the birthstone for the month of February. Follow the link below if you want further information about amethyst.
Apatite is a widely occurring green mineral, consisting of calcium phosphate with some fluorine, chlorine, and other elements. Jack chose to use it in this design for it’s attractive bright green color. Follow the link below if you want further information about apatite.
Tourmaline is a gem that can come in many different colors. The presence of manganese in the mineral is what makes the pink variety. It was first discovered sometime in the 1500s by a Spanish conquistador in Brazil. It is one of the birthstones for October, along with opal. Follow the link below if you want further information about tourmaline.
About Jack Boglioli’s Opulence Collection
The pieces have a light feel to them. Bright, with vivid color and contrast. Most of the stones are faceted. As a result, the pieces catch even more light and brightness.
All of the pieces in this collection are inspired by a larger piece that Jack created for the 2018 Arts Thrive Exhibition and benefit at the Albuquerque Museum. He made an entire series based on a similar aesthetic based on the enthusiasm for the original piece. The one-of-a-kind piece called “Opulence No. 1” can be seen on his Art Jewelry page.