Julia Giangrande

Jules Grande is an experienced bench jeweler and metalsmith based in New England. She is currently studying at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design with a major in Jewelry and Metalsmithing and a minor in Sustainability. She is in her final year at MassArt on the Tsongas Tuition and Fees Scholarship, and is exploring themes of Regalia, Americana, and Animalia in her current work. Grande centers her sourcing, making and imagery around vegan and ethical craftsmanship. She uses silver, fine metals and gemstones to re-frame representational imagery of animalia, highlighting how humanity and nature are interconnected.

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Dairyère Ring

Date of Creation: March 1, 2023

List of Materials: Sterling Silver, 14k gold, enamel, vintage ceramic decal, quartz, prasiolite, citrine.

Dimensions: 1.5" x 2" x 1"

Photographer's Name: Nicholas Thompson

Conceptual Statement: The natural stones and fine metals I use connect my adornment to the Earth, as the materials originated from the Earth. I follow a vegan lifestyle and my jewelry and jewelry-making methods are also eco and animal conscious. This image features a hand holding kale and enforces themes of Animalia and Americana farming present in the main ring.

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Ducks In a Row Bolo

Date of Creation: 01/03/2023

List of Materials: Sterling Silver, Copper, enamel, vintage ceramic decals, pleather.

Dimensions: 20" x 2.5" x .5"

Photographer's Name: Cassie Pavlovich

Conceptual Statement: The natural stones and fine metals I use connect my adornment to the Earth, as the materials originated from the Earth. I follow a vegan lifestyle and my jewelry and jewelry-making methods are also eco and animal conscious. This image features numerous rings, kale, and a sugar-fired duck bolo that enforces themes of Regalia, Americana farming, and Animalia. The back of the bolo depicts a vintage tractor in enamel.

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