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Snake & serpent: timeless jewelry icon

Gold and enamel snake bracelet

Snakesssss. Since civilization began, they’ve been lovingly recreated in precious material to slither up our fingers and wrists, tighten around our arms, clutch our hearts to our throats. Track them through the history of jewelry, and you find a fascinating…

Heading to SNAGneXt in Asheville!

Biba Schutz with coral necklace

So excited to be attending my first SNAG conference next week! Having followed the Society for North American Goldsmiths for too many years to count, I was intrigued by the location – the beautiful artisan mecca of Asheville, NC. I…

Niki de Saint Phalle: pop feminism

Niki de Saint Phalle, Nana Brooch_necklace 1973

Niki de Saint Phalle’s pop art from the late ’60s are everywhere lately – on display and at auction. Her cartoon-like snakes and plump, joyful women became one of the era’s most resonant feminist messages: a battle cry for women’s liberation. Her cartoon snakes and joyful, leaping women were translated into all media, including jewelry by Gem Montebello. An enticing collection is on display in London now.