Saturday, June 15, 2013

KIMBERLIN BROWN

18K Gold Coral Reef Earrings
with Mandarin and Pink Sapphires
Formulated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the New York Public Library, located in New York City, continues to provide nearly 53 million educational items to its visitors.

New York is also home to featured jewelry designer  Kimberlin Brown.

Nature, particularly flora, can be a source of comfort in its quiet yet thriving, active world.  If you have ever wished that with a single touch you could turn flower pods into yellow gold or oxidized sterling and wear them like jewelry well Brown has got it covered.

Like her contemporaries David Lee Holland (USA), Georgina Ettridge (England), and New Zealanders Ruth Baird and Louise Douglas, Brown is a keen observer of natural surroundings. 

Not to be confused with the actor who portrayed Sheila Carter on the soap The Young and the Restless, Brown acquired an impressive wealth of jewelry making knowledge.

She studied with renowned Danish silversmith Georg Jensen; learned Italian goldsmithing in Tuscany; developed her skills in sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago; and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Growing up along the seashores of Greenwich, Connecticut, Brown loved “collecting and sketching shapes I found on walks along the shore.  The sounds, the shapes, and the perfection that lies in the wake of the ocean’s waves are a constant source of inspiration,” she says.


18K Gold Open Bangle Bracelet with Tahitian Pearls
Her hard earned skills garnered her head designer position for several accessory companies, and also led to collaborating with fashion designer Zac Posen.  By 2007, the accomplished jeweler launched her own fine jewelry line that highlights the gorgeous details of coral reefs, sea anemones and wild rose thorn branches captured through the lost wax technique.

Blackened sterling silver brings to life Boxwood and Laurel leaves while the unique forms of sea plant life are composed of 18-karat yellow gold.  Accents of moonstone, pink and mandarin sapphires, conflict-free diamonds, Tahitian pearls, and green tourmaline complete the remarkable visual of replicated flora.

Brown’s sincere love of nature does not end with her jewelry collections; she is an avid supporter of SeaWeb’s coral conservation campaign Too Preciousto Wear.  “One of the campaign’s primary goals is to list Corallidae as an endangered species.  Corallidae is the least protected of all precious corals,” says Brown.

Of course Brown’s luminous jewelry collections of multi-strand gemstone necklaces, gold and silver cocktail rings, and dangle earrings has a who’s who list of clientele that includes Bette Midler, Helena Christensen, Whoopi Goldberg and Adele.
18K Gold Coral Reef Ring
with Mandarin and Pink Sapphires
2013 Jewelry Trend Alert:   Brown is on trend with organic silhouettes, and an abundance of gemstones that include conflict-free diamonds, a big trend for the year.
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