Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Gilded Edges: Jacqueline Cullen

Jacqueline Cullen

Jacqueline Cullen has broken every rule in the book that has tied the use of Jet to jewels used by widows as 'mourning jewelry'. This extremely rare fossil exploded in the times that Queen Victoria, widow to Prince Albert, wore only black jewelry.

The queen unknowingly became a “trend setter” in her choosing of only jet black pieces for ornamentation. Today, Jacqueline has revised and changed the meaning of this material that is currently not well-known or commonly used.

She has expanded its connotations and power and has enhanced its imperfections - things that were considered insurmountably imperfect until recently. Jacqueline finds inspiration in nature and reinterprets whatever she sees with fluid forms characterized by fractures, fissures, and cracks that she fills with cascades of yellow gold and diamonds.

Today, Jacqueline Cullen is one of the most extraordinary artists in Britain bringing back prehistoric and sensual materials and drawing in an audience that is open to delving into a more contemporary side of jewelry.


Exquisite artistry indeed....I love those "golden touches."

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