Timelessness x 2

Michelle Gillard


Flossmoor, IL, United States
Finished in 2020

2" length x 3/4" wide

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Photo credit: Alan Klehr

As a big fan of 1930’s and 40’s movies and fashion, I used to spend hours poring over archived editions of WWD, Look Magazine, Vogue and from the 50’s Jet and Ebony Magazines. The fit, the structure and expert tailoring of wool gabardine suits, trousers and skirts, filmy silk dresses and creamy crepe de chine blouses with the wide labels with a sparkly brooch pinned to chest, I marveled at it all.

Somehow, that structured look permeated my design style and now I embrace it. And, whether it’s an organic or minimalist piece, structure is the underlying element in all my designs.

Which brings me to this pendant: The top portion of the pendant was made in 1996, during my first introduction to marriage of metals. The bottom portion of the pendant was made in 2019/2020 and peach moonstone cabochon was purchased in 2019.

Marriage of metal and copper inset are one of the favorite techniques I reach for time and again.

Structure is the inspiration of metalgurlzz. I'm not a frilly person, which is reflected in my designs. My style is never trendy and as unique and timeless as yesterday, today and tomorrow. In a small home studio, I use old-fashioned techniques because I choose to. A jeweler's butane torch is my workhorse and hand finishing is my jam.

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