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The resort contains a plethora of stunning, natural landscapes that include the Ayung River Gorge and lush forests.
Indonesia is also home to featured jewelry designer Priyo Salim.
As I stated in other posts referencing jewelry artisans from this particular region, many Indonesian jewelry designers are keeping a grand tradition of craftsmanship and artistry alive in their beautiful hand fabricated pieces.
Granulation—a technique that involves laying out complex patterns of polished, small silver beads on silver—is a style widely implemented by Balinese jewelry makers.
The technique of repoussé however--hammering from the reverse side to create a design in low relief--is another traditional skill that was passed on by 17th century Dutch settlers to silversmiths in Java.
Salim is a 21st century designer who has preserved these astonishingly beautiful decorative styles in his sterling silver jewelry creations. Although Salim is the son of a silversmith, and he harbored a passive inclination to produce silver works, he initially had no interest in following in his father’s footsteps.
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“This was the most difficult time in my life,” he recalls, “I liked silver but I had other plans for my future and I didn’t know what to do. I wanted to work in the civil service but life makes you follow your destiny and mine was to be a jewelry designer.”
I am amazed at the level of complexity that Salim gives to even the smallest designs like dangle earrings, and silver rings. There is a large helping of surface textures that mimic “the intricate textures of a lava flow,” arabesque designs and filigree work. He allows the flow of Old World and contemporary aesthetics to collide in designs that are truly timeless.
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“When I took over my father’s workshop, I had a cultural goal—to apply the repoussé technique in my designs in order to revive a tradition that had almost disappeared.
The survival of this traditional technique will open the door for many up-to-date applications.
My designs have been well accepted. I have received awards in jewelry competitions and the Indonesian presidential office asked me to create souvenirs for their programs including the 2003 Asian Summit.
I enjoy this work. I love it and I am really happy because I found the right path in life.”