|White Pearl Constellation Necklace|
The fortress also makes the perfect setting for a wedding. Scotland is the ancestral home of featured jewelry designer Estyn Hulbert.
In my opinion, pearl jewelry has a buttoned down reputation.
The traditional presentation of this gemstone in the classic string of pearls or as bridal jewelry gives it an unquestionable air of staunch refinement; perhaps too much for its own good.
New York-based Hulbert generously explores the refinement of this simple yet exquisite gemstone creating complex and supple forms that possess incredible fluidity. In her Leaf Collection, for instance, she utilizes 14-karat gold wire, tiny white pearl beads as well as green tourmaline and hesanite garnet beads to produce the likeness of a leaf in flexible, sinuous form.
The graduate of the Edinburgh College of Art draws from an eclectic mix of artsy skills that includes sewing and sculptural knitting.
|Ombre Green Tourmaline Leaf Earrings|
After moving to New York eleven years ago, I started making jewelry while I worked as an assistant to my aunt, Jessica Rose. I apprenticed with her and immersed myself in the materials and language of exquisite wearable art.”
In 2006, Hulbert launched her brand of superbly crafted strands of multi-colored freshwater pearls and semi-precious gemstones.
While classic and ultra-sophisticated Hulbert’s handmade jewelry creations are equally distinctive in the elegant golden fringe of her Loop, Pagoda, Harlequin and Teardrop collections to the lithe wave outlines of her Flower Collection.
|Turquoise Wild Geese Bracelet|
“I work with single units, adding and subtracting them to create shapes, the materials providing me with a palette of textures and contrasts.
I think in terms of the architecture of a piece, striving for structural integrity and seamlessness between the material and the form."