smashed jewelry

Today I'm introducing a new regular post that's going to be showing up on the blog this year. I don't have a snappy, blogger-approved name for it, but I can tell you that I'll be searching far and wide to bring you images from brilliant contemporary jewelry designers. This is the stuff that you can't buy on Etsy (no offence, Etsy)...and that's a good thing. 

The first jewelry designer that I want to introduce you to is Rory Hooper. I've chosen to share some images from his Smashed Jewelry series. My favourite piece of the ones above is the amethyst ring in the bottom right. I love the way he has flattened all of the metal, leaving the stone and setting intact. These pieces remind me of pressed flowers. I can't help but think that they have all become more beautiful with the filigree details and the various thicknesses of metal being revealed in these renewed (destroyed?) pieces. Now if I could just have one on a chain I'd wear it every day. 

Take a look at more of Rory Hooper's work here. Thanks to my friend Emily for helping me discover his work!


  1. love this!!


  2. I lovet his also, and like the 'not on etsy' aspect. There is so much cool stuff NOT on etsy that gets forgotten about or missed because its not looped into that pool. can't wait to see what other treats you share! x

    1. Etsy is GREAT, but not always the best source for fantastic fine art. Gotta expand our horizons. :)

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    1. I know. It makes me want to take jewelry down to the railroad tracks and see what amazingness I could make. Not that I'm advocating such things.

  4. They're so beautiful! And you're right; they are reminiscent of pressed flowers. I'm such a gold fanatic.

  5. wow..... these are STUNNING. i am so glad you shared. what amazing things that can be created from those which already exist.


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