Art, jewelry, or both?
To be fair, all jewelry is art. Even the simplest bezel-set diamond is art, because that diamond was cut from a previous form. You could make the argument that every person involved in the creation of a piece of jewelry—from rough to finished design—is in some way an artist, and I would agree with you. There are those jewelry designs, though, that are like little pieces of what we commonly see as art. Portable little sculptures that I don’t know if I want to wear, or display, or both (probably both). They are the pieces that make you stop and think, to be interpreted in different ways by different viewers. They may fit with a specific trend at any given point in time, but they transcend any fad or style preference. They just are. These are those pieces. Of course, as a retailer, you would prefer to sell them, but you certainly couldn’t complain about how good they’d look in your showcase.
Iceberg ring in 18k white gold with 5 ct. blue topaz and 0.33 ct. t.w. diamonds, price on request; Carrera y Carrera
Twist earrings with 55 cts. t.w. agate and 13 cts. t.w. brown rose-cut and pavé diamonds, $25,000; Sutra
Necklace in 18k yellow gold with pearls, mother-of-pearl, and 3.94 cts. t.w. diamonds, not available for sale; Andreoli
Balloon earrings in 18k yellow gold with 33.33 cts. t.w. multicolor cabochon gemstones and 1.49 cts. t.w. diamonds, $15,800; VTse
Illusion necklace in 18k gold with 15 mm golden South Sea pearl and 3.684 cts. t.w. diamonds, $62,200; Jewelmer