Saturday, July 10, 2010

LORI BONN DESIGN

Once the location for a world's fair, San Diego, California's Balboa Park houses many interesting attractions and places of relaxation including the Rueben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego Museum of Art, and the Casa del Rey Moro Garden. California is also home to featured jewelry designer Lori Bonn Gallagher.

Sometimes in life, making a bold break from the day-to-day can shine light on a new pathway.

Gallagher did just that when she resigned from her computer sales position and used a portion of her savings to travel the world.

Captivated by the Victorian and Tudor eras, as well as the Duchess of Windsor, Gallagher wanted to bring the majesty and regality of those aesthetics to contemporary jewelry. Subsequently in 1991, Lori Bonn Design was officially launched.

Gallagher's collections, which span love symbols, birthstone charms, and Old World designs such as the fleur de lis, are composed of fifty percent recycled silver and ethically sourced gemstones.

However, her Chrysalis Collection is the designer's first, full collection born from the company's involvement with the Clear Conscience Jewelry project.

"Our Clear Conscience Jewelry project is being developed in partnership with the Madison Dialogue, an industry group comprised of mining, manufacturing, design and retail companies that is working to set the standard for fair trade and ethical jewelry," says Gallagher.


From vintage-inspired heart-shaped and Mandala pendants to photo lockets, the stunning artisanship of every item is Gallagher's signature.

The intricate surface designs of rope-like cables, swirls, arabesque, and granulation contrast slightly oxidized sterling silver and boldly faceted gemstones providing the regal flair and sophistication Gallagher treasures.

"The manufacturing of all our collections is done by master silversmiths across Asia in countries where detailed metalwork is an integral part of the crafts tradition."

The aesthetic is visually commanding with an aura of grandeur and adventure; however, the streamlined proportions add a degree of softness without diminishing its powerful visual presence.

"As a mother of two, balancing family and career, I understand the joys and challenges of being a modern woman. I serve as Creative Director for Lori Bonn Design, and my husband, Bill, manages the company.

It's hard to believe it's been almost twenty years since I launched my company. Amazing things can happen when you follow your dreams."

To view the exquisite work of Gallagher's most recent collections be sure to check out Cleopatra's Jewels.
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Photo 1 (top right): Galaxy Rings from Chrysalis Collection
Photo 2 (center): Large Cushion Square Malachite Cocktail Ring from the Last Chance Collection

Photo 3 (bottom left): Polka Dot Chalcedony Necklace from Chrysalis Collection

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