Nothing speaks more to the colors of Spring than Nature’s lush garden of flowers. USA-based jewelry artist Paula Crevoshay translates these opulent blooms into wearable art.
The creative force behind the Crevoshay brand, Paula Crevoshay continually explores the nuances of her jewelry art, taking it to heights few can even dream of. With Nature as her muse, she “paints with gemstones, not just with their myriad colors, but with their light,” she explains.
“Each gemstone has its own ability to transmit light. It’s a quality of light inherent in that particular mineral,” she says. “I call it ‘tangible light.’ It is truly the light of the Earth.” [It was only fitting then, that a selection of her work was featured in a special exhibition a few years ago in the “City of Light,” at the Musée de Minéralogie at the Paris School of Mines. Coinciding with this event, she published her second book, “Illuminations: Earth to Jewel,” where this designer extraordinaire took the reader on a tour of the magnificent gemstones that serve as her palette in creating her exceptional jewels.]
Crevoshay not only plays with color but also with the types of gem cuts, including carvings, cabochons and facets, to create the desired elements in her colorful floral arrangements. Important, too, she studies the intricate structures of the flower so that even the tiniest detail can be faithfully reproduced.
Among her award-winning collections—which have garnered more than 25 prestigious national and international prizes—is “Botanical Treasury,” a floral assortment of vibrant
pansies, crocuses, irises, roses, columbines, hibiscuses, and orchids. Truly evoking the colors of spring, these fanciful flowers include rings, brooches, and pendants, and are often interchangeable.
Her favorite flower creation? “The one I am working on at the time,” she contemplates, adding that she is always looking for a challenge. Still, she has a few favorites, and often spends a long and intimate time with each. As examples, Crevoshay cites the “La Fleur de Rêves” brooch, which took a year to make, and the “Poppy” ring, which took nine months from sketch to realization. She also insists that the back of the jewel is just as important as the front, and each is equally beautiful and intricate.
All her pieces are one-of-kind, hand-selected, and hand-crafted in 18K gold, set with a variety of gems such as sapphire, tsavorite, opal, emerald, morganite, turquoise, moonstone, sphalerite, sphene, tourmaline, and more. “I’d like to set every gemstone known to man, which may be hundreds or thousands,” she says. With her colorful Spring flowers, she seems to be on the way.
Article by Cynthia Unninayar – USA (contact: firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Standing tall and majestic, “Iris’s Emblem” is crafted in Montana Yogo sapphires, blue and yellow sapphires and tsavorite in 18K gold.
- The Blue Columbine is Colorado’s state flower and is exquisitely represented in this “Periwinkle Columbine” brooch, crafted in 18K gold set with 243 Montana Yogo sapphires, yellow sapphires, and diamonds.
- The large brooch evoking the lovely crocus is “La Fleur de Rêves,” which took over a year to make and features moonstone, opal, spinel, fuchsia and lavender sapphires in 18K gold.
- This 18K gold “Passion Flower” brooch/pendant brings out the passion in an array of graduated pink sapphires and a green enamel center.
- This bouquet includes a few of the many flowers offered in Crevoshay’s prolific “Botanical Treasury.”
- From design to creation, the 18K gold “Poppy” ring took more than nine months to finish. It features moonstone, opal, and black diamonds.
- Orchids are a favorite motif for Crevoshay, as seen in this “Midnight Seduction Orchid,” brooch featuring 195 purple sapphires, 148 zircons, blue sapphires, diamonds, a natural Mexican abalone pearl, with a rubellite center. A tiny ladybug in black diamonds and coral adds a delightful detail.
- “La Fleur du Paradis” crocus pendant features spinel, lavender, fuchsia, and purple sapphires, set in 18K gold.
- With large dramatic petals, hibiscus flowers come in a rainbow of colors, such as in this “Blushing Hibiscus” brooch composed of 328 pink sapphires in graduated shades set in 18K gold.
- The “Morning Glory” brooch/pendant features Montana Yogo sapphires, purple sapphires, pink sapphires and moonstone in 18K gold.