Between last year’s Giacometti exhibit at the Guggenheim and my review of this book on figural jewelry here on All That Glitters, I’ve been keeping an eye out for faces. Not the way some people see faces in everyday objects but at market appointments and press previews and my many, many hunts for story ideas on Instagram.
I’ve put together an edit of my favorite discoveries, which range from droll and cheeky to eerie and foreboding. Many are evocative of ancient worlds or pay homage to the more recent conventions of the Art Nouveau style.
Moon faces are well-represented; I particularly love jewelry designer Llyn Strong’s Ladies in the Moonstone earrings, which feature not a “man” in the moon but the likenesses of two neoclassical maidens carved into moonstones in the 1940s.
There are also skulls, cameos traditional and newfangled, mixed media, and tiny sculptures chiseled from gleaming gold or silver—art jewelry that still feels elegantly cool and modern.
With jewels like these to turn my head (get it?), I feel more than ready to face whatever 2019 throws my way. How about you?