Friday, July 16, 2010

GENEVIEVE YANG

Erected over 600 years ago, the Jongmyo Shrine located in Korea is one of the oldest Confucian royal shrines in the country. The shrine still serves as a location for commemorative services of deceased royalty. Korea is also the ancestral home of featured jewelry designer Genevieve Yang.

Yang's elegant jewelry of 24-karat gold and sterling, and fine silver are hand-fabricated implementing the designer's redefinition of a centuries-old gilding technique known as Keum-boo.

Yang incorporates higher heat levels and thicker layers of gold "to create pieces that withstand more wear."

The alumna of California's Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts values her education base, "The Revere Academy was the perfect place for me. The professional level of instruction was efficient and inspiring," she says.

"In this age of machines, I pause and create with my hands. In an era of disposability I try to make pieces that are both timeless and modern."

Her understated, minimalist aesthetic is largely inspired by lunar cycles with tiny splatters of conflict-free, white diamonds acting as stars and the white gleam of silver replicating the glow of the moon.

Along with the appliqué pieces of 24-karat gold fused to glimmering silver, pieces like her Northern Lights and Large Moon necklaces highlight the ethereal, buoyant quality of the silver alloy.

In 2009, her Lunar Cuff design garnered the jewelry artist a first place win of the Bracelets for the Jewelry Arts Award.
Beginning August 13 - 15, 2010, the designer's lovely and refined creations will be exhibited for retail at the American Craft Council Show in San Francisco, California.
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Photo 1 (top right): Keum-Boo Lunar Cycle Cuff
Photo 2 (bottom left): Keum-Boo Large Moon Necklace
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