“Metals are my passion. I have found ways to combine them and get some striking effects– silver with gold, nickel with copper…”-Audrey Schenk
From my personal collection- If you follow our jewelry collection and the accompanying descriptions, (and, I hope, you do..) you would note that I have always been partial to a very modern chunky, handmade , combined precious and other metals jewelry which had flourished during the late 1960’s-1980’s.
I discovered the combined metals design jewelry of Audrey Schenk during a trip to Palm Beach, where I found this striking necklace in one of the local art jewelry boutiques. “The forte of Audrey Schenk’s art are her imaginative creations which excite the eye with their size, shape and shine” wrote an art critic about her. The necklace offered here bears a testimony to this statement. I named it The New Mexico Landscape since many of Audrey Schenk pieces are reminiscent of the stark and angular shapes found in her native New Mexico landscape. Crafted in Alpaca, an alloy containing copper, zinc and nickel. (also referred to as a German Silver or Nickel Silver) and copper , the free form design of the central piece of the necklace is stunning beyond words. An abstract image cut from pure copper metal , is superimposed and adheres to a very shiny ( a result of hours of buffing in the artist’s studio) alpaca base and creates a very arresting effect. Three strands of gleaming alpaca beads, interspersed with copper beads , strung on brownish suede cords, are attached to the art piece through three separate openings on each of its sides. A suede loop and a small nickel square, the closure, complete this unusual design. The obverse side of the nickel base is imprinted with AUDREY SCHENK signature. It is a true collector’s item and very wearable as well.
You are invited to visit our store and to enjoy other selections from our handmade various metals jewelry as well as our vintage designer jewelry collection. THANK YOU FOR BROWSING !
DIMENSIONS: Necklace (with the centerpiece) 22.5” long. Centerpiece: 2.5” tall x 4” wide. Each strand: 9”. Beads: 8mm each.
MATERIALS: Alpaca, Copper, Suede cord.
VINTAGE AND CONDITION: Purchased in 1980 , the necklace had never been worn once, and had been stored since in one of my anti-tarnish lined drawers. During that time (36 years) , it had been polished a few times, to maintain its shine. The suede cord may have darkened a little over the years. Otherwise, the necklace is in an excellent vintage condition. It will be shipped in an elegant jewelry gift box.
About Audrey Schenk: A product of the 1960’s cultural revolution and a native of New Mexico, she is a graduate of the University of New Mexico Art Department. Intending to pursue painting and drawing as her chosen path, Audrey had stumbled by chance into the world of metal jewelry design and had never looked back . She began experimenting with various metals , crafting and finishing techniques . By 1980’s , her brand ,popularized by the Californians , her jewelry and, in particular her combination of leather and metals belts, became a staple, nationwide, and a top seller in famous department stores , boutiques and art galleries.
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