“They call me the gold weaver, but that is a romantic title—what I do is goldsmithing and soldering,” explains Lucie Heskett-Brem of the eponymous firm based in Lucerne, Switzerland. The jewelry designer who specializes in handwoven chains in 18k gold recently visited Aaron Faber in New York City to unveil a new 3-D Sculpture Necklace collection.
Woven in the same fashion as her traditional chains, the pieces act as 3-D chain sculptures when not worn and as attention-getting necklace designs on the body. The 3-D pieces are largely made in silver and have an entry retail price of about $2,600. Each comes with a sterling choker necklace for wear and a stand, and laser welding seamlessly marries chain ends together.
Most fascinating of all is that the styles won’t tangle. “Only loose ends tangle,” Heskett-Brem told me at the event, taking one of her works off a stand and letting it collapse into a pile in her hand. I shuddered in horror, flashing back to my own pile of necklaces at home waiting to be untangled, but Heskett-Brem simply pinched the metal mass with two fingertips—as if it were a shirt she was going to hang on a clothesline—and I watched in amazement as the tiny rope-bridge-like structure became clear again.
Approximately 16 wearable SKUs are available, but there’s one big art object piece that took up the entire front window at the Faber gallery. Heskett-Brem calls it the Spider Web, and at 13 feet, it may be the biggest one ever made in a precious metal. It’s composed of silver and took nine months to make. Have the space for it at home? It retails for $80,000.
“My typical customer isn’t a lady who loves jewelry—she is someone who has never found anything she really liked,” muses Heskett-Brem about her niche clientele.
A 3-D chain necklace on a stand
The artist in a large 3-D necklace. When worn as jewelry, the pieces drape against the body.
The artist behind her 13-foot spider web, which recently filled the entire front window at the Aaron Faber gallery in New York City.
A closeup of Heskett-Brem’s woven chain handiwork
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