These asymmetrical turquoise and apatite earrings from Jack Boglioli’s Opulence Collection. They are designed to be bold and eye-catching. 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 turquoise and apatite earrings are about 35 mm tall (1 3/8 inch) by 16 mm wide (5/8 inch) at the widest point. The lever-back ear wires are sterling silver.
Turquoise is a form of hydrated copper and aluminum phosphate. It tends to form in dry desert areas deep underground. Turquoise has been a part of human adornment for thousands of years. Archeological evidence suggests that Chinese artisans were carving it as long ago as 3000 years or more. Also, it is a birthstone for the month of December. Follow the link below if you want further information about turquoise.
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.
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.
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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