These paua shell and sapphire earrings are from Jack Boglioli’s Simply Unique Collection. They feature paua shell set in sterling and fine silver, with sapphires dangling gracefully beneath. They incorporate Jack Boglioli’s precious metal binding and weaving techniques in a simple yet elegant style. This makes for earrings that are understated, but very unique.
The Sterling silver understructures of the earrings have a patina, or oxidized finish. The fine silver used to create the woven “Boglioli Settings” for the Paua shells, has been left without a patina for contrast. The earrings are about is 39 mm tall (1 1/2 inches) by 11 mm wide (7/16 inch). The lever-back ear wires are sterling silver.
Blue Paua Shell
Paua is actually the name of a species of mollusk from the family Haliotidae. It originates from New Zealand. The inside of the shell, cut into the shape of a gemstone, displays luminous colors that change when seen from different angles. For more information about blue Paua shell, follow the link below.
Sapphire is a type of corundum that occurs in a wide variety of colors, but blue is the most popularly known. Rubies are another type of corundum with a red color. Sapphire has often been thought to symbolize nobility, truth and sincerity. It is the birthstone for the month of September. For more information about sapphire, follow the link below.
Jack Boglioli started creating jewelry in 2008. During a 7 year period of self learning he practiced the techniques of binding and weaving precious metals, exploring what was possible to create using almost no tools. At that time, he says, “I became captivated by the level of focus and precision this process demanded, and the intricate layered textures that it could produce in a finished piece”.
Journey to New Mexico
After moving from New York to New Mexico, he received formal training in traditional jewelry making at Central New Mexico Community College, in 2015. Today, his goal is to achieve a seamless integration of traditional metalsmithing techniques with the binding and weaving methods he became so enamored with from the start. He explains:
“All of my designs incorporate special binding and weaving techniques executed with thin strands of fine silver and high karat gold. I use these methods to embellish a piece, bind multiple components together, and trap stones into a fabricated framework. The beauty of woven silver and gold is incomparable, especially when it is used to set stones. From closeup and far away it tends to draw the viewer in, to experience it’s finer details. I strive to showcase this beauty, while maintaining the structural integrity and elegance of a well crafted jewelry piece.”
Every piece begins as an idea in the shape of a particular form, technique, arrangement or combination of colors. I often work those ideas out through a series of rough sketches in a notebook. The good qualities of all of the rough sketches are then brought together to make a finalized design, drawn to scale. I use the final design as both a visual rendering and a functional blueprint for the creation process.
In 2018, Jack was named “Jewellery Designer of the Year – USA” by U.K. based LUX Life Magazine.
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