Saturday, November 14, 2009

STEPHEN DWECK

Carved Jasper Pendant
with Bronze Chain
There is nothing like the energy of New York City and today we are in the thick of Midtown Manhattan visiting Rockefeller Center.

Developed in the 1930s, the complex consists of some of the most iconic buildings and sculptures around including Radio City Music Hall and the bronze Prometheus statue. New York is also the home of featured jewelry designer Stephen Dweck.

Cultivated from the hands of skilled and gifted artists, many jewelry creations are far from monotonous.

Everything from the tonal contrast of glossy and blackened metals to highlighting the malleability of gold to unusual stone settings, jewelry making is definitely an avenue for exploration and invention.

Dweck's magnificent, one-of-a-kind creations highlight beautiful stones like red jasper, gold citrine, smoky quartz, and reddish amber all with vintage-inspired design arrangements. There is no shortage of bold color or bold design concepts.

Possessing a deft eye for color and form Dweck studied painting and sculpture at New York's School of Visual Arts. He discovered that jewelry design lends itself perfectly to his creative inclinations as well as serving as a link to combine his love of art and sculpture.

His first items were hand-carved bangle bracelets fashioned from stone! Nearly 30 years ago, a representative from Bergdorf Goodman viewed more of Dweck's distinctive pieces instantly labeling the designer a "romancer of stones."

Dweck painstakingly collects stones from around the world: Brazilian tourmaline, Moroccan ammonites, South Sea pearls, and Australian opals. His pieces pack a wallop displaying his love for semi-precious gemstones and his fearless exploration of various structures and color combinations. One of the themes of Dweck's collections is travel.

The Taipei Collection features, among others, the chocolate hues of smoky quartz; while his Beijing Collection features the creamy luster of Mother of Pearl, and a three-strand necklace drenched with sliced, blue agate stones is one of the many highlights.

His Trinidad Collection seems to emulate puffs of white clouds and blue skies with pieces constructed from clear rock crystals and aqua-blue turquoise.

With imagination and intuition, Dweck effortlessly captures color, texture, and form; bringing to life creations of exceptional beauty. Dweck hallmarks his one-of-a-kind jewelry with a bronze beetle he calls `Adam'.

Dweck also designs diamond jewelry collections which he launched five years ago.  He also designs home decor, namely tableware and renovated furniture.

Since the inception of his company, Dweck has collaborated with many fashion designers, including Oscar de la Renta, Escada, and Donna Karan, who have featured his jewelry in their runway shows.

Green Agate Drop Earrings
with Bronze Floral Accents
Publications such as InStyle, Harper Bazaar, and Vogue have used his pieces in their respective editorial layouts; and a selection of items are permanently displayed at Washington, D.C.'s Smithsonian Institute.


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