Sculptural jewelry blurs the lines between jewelry and art. Fashion is meant to be fun and men and women everywhere are awakening to jewelry as wearable art that comes in every shape and colour. Each sculptural piece of jewelry is hand-created, flamboyant and exhibits a personal style that is unmatchable. Our curated selection has sculptural jewelry that is one-of-a-kind and handmade by talented designers, metalsmiths and artisans.
• Jewelry design as sculptural art
• Avant-garde style jewelry
• Styling with sculptural jewelry
Sculptural jewelry is art
The concept of sculptural jewelry is often hard to figure out; which pieces are wearable and which may actually be art? Beginning with the Art Nuvo movement, these styles have been adopted by jewellers and metalsmiths since the 1960s, growing rapidly in popularity in the last decades. Earlier, this type of styling was mostly seen on runway models and front-row 'It-girls'. However, today, sculptural 'artwear' is in vogue the world over.
Sculptural Avant-Garde jewelry
Good Avant-Garde jewelry isn’t just for adornment, it’s a piece of art. The Avant-Garde movement was a cultural movement that set out to bring about a change in the ideas that shape society, through the medium of art and design. Pushing the boundaries of what is assumed normal, the artists subverted the status quo through irony and nonsensical themes. In the world of fashion and jewelry, it’s easy to see how designers of the time were excited by the Avant-Garde movement.
Although some people may simply regard it as unusual jewelry, to others, Avant-Garde jewelry epitomises true individuality and the rebellious spirit of the 20th century. Avant-Garde jewelry, with its daring contemporary ideas, usually features an attractive focal point, such as an interestingly coloured or uniquely cut stone, incorporated into a design that breaks convention.
The making of sculptural jewelry
All fine sculptural jewelry is created by hand using recycled materials, including precious metals and ethically sourced gemstones, diamonds, and pearls or high-quality glass beads. There is always a conscious process and a design story behind these marvellous creations.
Emotions, wonders of nature, architecture, movement
Sculptural jewelry design is connected to the designer's emotions, and from start to finish, jewelry production is a very intimate process. They often encapsulate the wonders of the awe-inspiring universe and the human body with sensuous swirls, raw textures, and finishes. Some of the boldest and most beloved sculptural designs for earrings draw inspiration from architecture. These may be organic and geometric, such as smooth spheres, sharp edges, and curving arches.
Each piece will add pure magic and deep substance to your style. Sculptural pieces not only express form and body but also capture the beauty in the movement, rhythm, intersection, space, boundaries, scale symmetric and asymmetry. Being handmade, carved or hand-filed, the textures and shapes are often organic forms, impossible to copy or reproduce exactly.
Materials used to make beautiful wearable art
Sculptural jewelry can be made of any material—natural or artificial. From recycled precious materials like glittery gold, sterling silver, diamonds and baroque pearls to recycled plastics, sculptural pieces are fascinating.
Sculptural gold and sterling silver jewelry
Sculptural jewelry designs in gold are sometimes minimal and sometimes substantial. In 14k/18k/22k gold or gold-plated silver, these pieces are the perfect way to upgrade your favourite cashmere turtleneck with timeless sophistication.
The designers we have selected are committed to sustainable jewelry making. They work with recycled gold or sterling silver and gemstones crafted to make fine art pieces. Some of the sculptural jewelry collections displayed here have also been exhibited in art galleries.
Dress up in bold sculptural styles
Sculptural jewelry is considered wearable art and consequently, is individual, handmade and handcrafted for making bold and elegant statements. When the designs incorporate natural stones and cultured pearls they are exceptionally unique as no two stones are alike in colour, banding, or size.
Worn as earrings, necklaces and pendants or cocktail or signet rings, sculptural jewelry pieces are instant attention grabbers. Each has a distinctive shape and streamlined form – one that at first glance could be mistaken for an object instead of a piece of jewelry.
These pieces can be worn with any ensemble, whether that means you're getting dressed up for a Zoom call, virtual benefit, or a much-anticipated coffee date. This artful, striking jewelry can thrust you into the forefront of fashion with the focal point as your face, neck or hands.
Sculptural rings are showstoppers simply because of their art-like appearance, size, texture and unique shapes. Even the prongs holding a gemstone can be so unique in shape that the ring will create waves of appreciation and pleasure in the beholder and the wearer! Choose an avant-garde or vintage-inspired sculptural gemstone ring as an engagement ring and see her face light up!
Sculptural earrings add a dash of charm and attitude to everything you wear. Becoming the focal point, you can nail that powerful look with just a magical asymmetric earring in gold or silver. From minimalist ring earrings, fancy studs, and hoops to chic shoulder dusters, you can create your own mix to make game-changing styles.
Be different. Wear a sculptural bracelet. Create a fashion trend by layering bracelets in sculptural forms that cannot be mimicked. Sculptural chain bracelets aren't made with regular chain links. They are breathtakingly simple and elegant while they quietly challenge the status quo in bracelet fashion and design.
Sculptural necklaces and pendants
Complete your evening look with a sculptural necklace. Get one and you will get many more. Because again, we all love to be different, unique and special. Allow a sculptural necklace to adorn your neck or decolletage and you will feel exactly that.
We hope this piece on sculptural jewelry was inspiring and exciting. You will find many more wonderful designs in fine craftsmanship by artists here in our curated selections. Surprise someone you love with one of these beauties as an anniversary, birthday or just-so-gift idea. You can explore our selection easily, filter by collection, designer, or specifically for an item. We hope you will enjoy shopping online for valuable sculptural jewelry.
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