Hello and thank you for your interest in our inventory. Today up for your consideration is this BEAUTIFUL Hand Hammered and Crimped Sterling Silver Necklace, Wide Cuff Bracelet and Earrings set by nationally recognized Jeweler Barbara Terrell Pujol. Below is the provenance on this set directly from the artist herself.
Thanks for sending the photos. The collar was not what I thought you were talking about. I called this a choker, and there were only maybe at the most 5 or 6 of them made. I am approximating as to the date, but I think it is probably between 1986-1988. Wish I could be closer, but I would have to chase down old records and I thought that was probably close enough. That was my very first wide cuff, and there weren't that many of those made either. I would say no more than 8 to 10, before they completely changed and I moved on. There were more of the hoop earrings made than of the other two pieces.
I believe they would all have been sold out of either Vail, Santa Fe, or Hilton Head Island. I don't believe Saks Fifth Avenue had any of them, they came a bit later.
I enjoyed seeing them, and I am always amazed at how much less refined, and how very direct, those pieces were. My work is still very honest and direct, as I think of it, but a lot more refined! :) They were all made entirely with hammers--started with sheet sterling. All of my sterling, over all my years of work, has come from Hauser & Miller in St. Louis, and they special made the long piece of sterling for me for the choker. It starts out at about a 24" long piece of sterling. (I think I have one long piece left in the vault!) I don't know that I could even get a piece that long now. Even the refiner/manufacturers have changed and order a lot of metal in rather than make it themselves. I used to call this crimping, because of the similarity to the crimp raising technique, but I gradually changed it to folded. So, they would have been named "Large Crimped Cuff", etc. Now the folded pieces that I still do are called "Classic Folded" and are folded on an angle rather than perpendicular to the edges of the metal. People seem to relate more to the term "folded" than they do to the term "crimping".
Good luck with the online stores, and do let me know if I can be of any more help.
Inventory #: KJJS17
Bracelet Size: Inside L. 6 ¼” x W. 2”
Earring Size: Dia. 1 ¾”
Necklace Size: Inside L. 14” x W. 1”
Bracelet Weight: 56g
Earrings Weight: 26.9
Necklace Weight: 66.7g
BARBARA TERRELL PUJOL Bio
Barbara Terrell Pujol is a professional gold and silversmith who has been designing and crafting handmade jewelry for over thirty years. Her work is carried in several fine retail galleries around the country.
Barbara, who hails from the Little Apple of Manhattan, Kan., uses finely detailed textures in gold and sterling silver. Terrell Pujol, trained in all aspects of metalsmithing and jewelry design at Kansas State University, is inspired by pattern and texture –
“I tend to treat metal as I would treat fabric,” Terrell Pujol says. She also loves to sew and finds her enjoyment of sewing exerts a strong influence on the way she works with gold and silver.
“The techniques of folding, pleating, hemming, and forming in fashion quite naturally overflowed to the process of metals,” she says. Her jewelry is made using a variety of hammers to pleat and hem the metal; a roll mill to create a number of intricate patterns; and the process of reticulation, which results in one-of-a-kind surface treatments. She also likes to play with subtle colors, using silver and various karat gages of gold or white and yellow gold to achieve a more interesting look.
All pieces are handmade, and each one differs slightly from the others. Her collection includes earrings, pendants, cuff bracelets, and necklaces that retail from around $200 up to $2,000. Most are sold in jewelry stores and galleries.
Unlike many other designers, who want to expand their production to include large markets, Terrell Pujol says she loves designing and producing each piece in her home workshop. “There is something so satisfying about making a piece completely by hand that I have never contemplated moving into mass production.”
Other concerns, gleaned from her sewing, are perfect fit and comfort of wear, making sure that earrings are not too heavy or that a necklace lies beautifully on the body. “Jewelry should be so comfortable and feel so natural that you can forget that you are wearing it.”
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