We have returned to the USA after six days of globetrotting, California to be exact; the home of featured jewelry designer Liz Goldwyn.
If her surname sounds familiar that's because her grandfather was legendary studio head, Samuel Goldwyn; and she is also the sister of Scandal's Tony Goldwyn.
I am persuaded that drive and ambition is characteristic to the Goldwyn family as Liz Goldwyn, I feel, is a vanguard woman.
At the age of 31, she is highly accomplished leaving her mark in fashion, literature, and film.
At age 16, Goldwyn simultaneously completed high school, and undergraduate studies at the School of Visual Arts in New York where she received a B.F.A. in Photography with a minor in Art History.
She has done design work for fashion and perfume campaigns assisting photographers with editorial layouts in magazines. She developed exhibitions for London auction house, Sotheby's. She has written a book and completed a companion documentary about burlesque entitled Pretty Things, and in 2002 she launched her distinctive jewelry line.
Goldwyn says that inspiration for her line comes from science, history and costume design. She finds Federico Fellini films particularly inspirational for their costume designs. The designer implements gold, copper, enamel, moonstone, limestone, and sandstone in her highly distinctive designs.
She is the first designer I have seen so far that chooses pieces of rock formations instead of gemstones as the focal point of her creations. Her designs have a rustic, unpolished type of beauty that I find appealing. I like her unconventional design approach and how this challenges ideas of what some expect jewelry to be.
For more on her avant-garde jewelry, click on one, or all, of the following:
Giant Agate Concha Shell
Copper Washer Medallion
Desert Flower Brooch in Bubbled Gold
Lunar Brooch in Bubbled Gold
Cream Sandstone on Antique Circle Links Chain
If you find Goldwyn's style intriguing, check out her short film, Underwater Ballet, which is a beautiful combination of fashion, ballet, music, and interesting filming techniques.
Photo 1 (top right): Multi-strand necklace with Druzy Quartz Geodes
Photo 2 (bottom left): Orange Sandstone on Rectangle Links Chain