Thursday, December 2, 2010


Also known as The Noble Sanctuary, Israel’s Dome of the Rock is one of the world’s oldest shrines. It is located near the rock believed to be the place in which Biblical partriarch Abraham prepared his son, Isaac, for sacrifice . Israel is also the birthplace of featured jewelry designer Tzuri Gueta.

Silicone is a versatile industrial material used to create everything from bakeware and lubricants to hair conditioners and sealants.

When placed within the eye line of a jewelry designer, however, silicone becomes an entirely fresh creation of extraordinary beauty.

Educated at Israel’s Shenkar College of Textile Sciences and Fashion, Gueta’s explorative contemporary jewelry is punctuated by luminous and muted colors, pebble-like surface details and incredibly organic shapes.

Though Japanese designer Yoko Izawa works with acrylic both she and Gueta produce these fantastic, ethereal designs that seem to alternately float and expand.

Gueta’s distinctive silicone bracelets, dramatic necklaces, and rings are semblances of twisting coral branches, seaweed, vertebrae fossils, and sea pod clusters. They are wonderfully tactile items that are irresistible to both the eye and the hand.

“I am inspired by nature and to create my collections I use the most exhaustive aspects of modern technology, manipulating different techniques I have invented,” says Gueta.

“Utilizing a raw industrial material like silicone is a meticulous geometry that comes into being through the spontaneous nature in which I choose to create. Silicone is such a natural substance that blends perfectly with different colors and textures.

It can imitate wood, ivory, coral or leather and penetrate the minuscule cavities within lace. It can be soft, smooth or rough.” Gueta’s magnificent designer jewelry allows one to truly get inside silicone as he does; seeing all its possibilities and inherent wonders.

Presently based in France, Gueta’s highly inventive approach to silicone, as well as textiles, drew the attention of fashion juggernauts Giorgio Armani, Christian Dior, and Maurizio Galante with whom he has collaborated.
Photo 1 (top right): Silicone Cactus Necklace
Photo 2 (center): Silicone White Coral Bracelet
Photo 3 (bottom left): Silicone Black Seaweeds Necklace
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