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Proun1919 Necklace

2,630 Rings

No, that’s not a typo. I connected 2,630 rings to create the latest Proun1919 project, a luscious and substantial necklace that drapes across the collarbones. That’s quite a feat considering that the most intricate necklace in the collection to date has been the Turkish Roundmaille Lariat with about 700 rings. Constructed using the Dragonscale weave, this collar-style necklace has an incredibly fluid feel. Running this chain through your hands, it contracts with a bit of pressure and expands out with gravity. This fluidity creates an intricate pattern of fanned metal scales when worn close to the neck. With the rather considerable amount of sterling rings in this necklace, it’s certainly not a surprise that this…

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Proun1919 Bracelets

Never Say Never

There’s one item that I’ve rarely ventured into making over the years that I’ve been crafting jewelry. And that item would be … the bracelet. Surely, it makes sense that it’s rarely crossed my mind to create bracelets because they’re something that I haven’t been known to wear. But this has slowly been changing. A few leather cuffs have been making their way into my jewelry cabinet in the last year, proving themselves as fantastic focal pieces that require all other accessories to remain minimal. This summer’s jewelry trend didn’t quite share my taste for minimalism, as photo after photo could be found online of artfully wearing every bracelet one owned, stacked up both wrists….

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Proun1919 Necklaces

A Peek Inside My Collection

I have a confession. I’ve been a bit selfish lately. Yes, this means that I’ve been concentrating on necklaces, experimenting with new chain patterns destined for a spot in my personal jewelry collection. My Roundmaille diamond chain – shown above, at right – has proven a versatile wardrobe item. I wear it so frequently that I was inspired to try a variation. Turkish Roundmaille – shown above, at left – has a more airy character, which is complemented by the softer appearance of round-edged rings. I designed this new necklace to be worn a couple of different ways. With a 5-inch chain drop, it’s styled as a lariat. And without the drop, it can be…

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Proun1919 Earrings

Earrings Have Arrived

It seems that I have something of an issue when it comes to creating necklaces.  I tend to fall in love with them, so it becomes quite a challenge to decide to offer something new up for sale.  Luckily, I don’t quite have that same attachment when it comes to my ears, so I’m feeling pretty confident that the earrings I’ve added to The Collection will have a fighting chance at making it beyond my jewelry wardrobe. For the holiday season, I’ve taken a small break from my larger projects.  I’ve been playing around with making smaller compositions as earrings that echo the aesthetics of my necklaces.  Some are delicate and airy, and others are weighty and…

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Proun1919 Necklaces

Preview the Collection

The launch collection for Proun1919 has finally taken shape, and I’ve posted the initial pieces in The Collection.  Thus far, I’ve been concentrating on necklaces, simply because I tend to think of shoes and necklaces in the same way – you can never really have enough. Every piece in the Proun1919 collection is crafted from sterling silver, incorporating handmade chain elements.  I’ve designed some necklaces using these chain elements as a simple focal point, while other pieces are fully crafted from  handmade chain. Swarovski crystal pendants also accent several necklaces in a range of finishes from fiery red to aurora borealis.  I’ve chosen crystals with a touch of asymmetry to create a pleasing contrast against…

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Proun1919 Necklaces

Spotlight on Chains

These chains rank highly on my list of favorite pieces that I’ve created.  They’re both fairly substantial chains that look quite attractive resting near the collarbone, and I’ve found them to be versatile wardrobe staples. Before approaching the Jens Pind (right), I thought this chain would be my nemesis.  It’s an elegant spiral weave, and my research pointed to many comments about this being a challenge to execute properly.  Luckily, I managed to grasp the pattern quickly, but there had to be some sort of wrench thrown into this experience, right?  The sterling rings I created this chain with are fairly thick, and it was nearly impossible to open and close the rings without marring them…

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Studio Family

Meet the Studio Family

There are a lot of paws helping out in the studio. Meet my trusted assistants, Meepers and Ascha. They’re quite keen on keeping on eye on all the action. Meepers enjoys sitting close, supervising every ring I open and close. As for Ascha, she’s convinced that she’s pretty much in charge of everything. Luckily, the only pay they demand is the frequent handful of treats. No worries if you happen to have an allergy to cats. All Proun1919 jewelry is shined and cleaned in a tumbler prior to being finished, and my assistants don’t get to help out with packaging and shipping. – [ Posted: October 2010 ]

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Latest Additions

Arabesque Necklace

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The oscillating rhythm of rings drawing together and pushing apart lends an almost organic sensibility to this necklace. Like tendrils weaving around each other, these sterling rings evoke a stylized filigree. There’s a thickness to this weave that makes it quite unique – and coupled with the sheer density of its pattern, this necklace can only be described as sumptuous experience to wear. Chain: 17 inches long 3/4 inches wide [ Alternate view ] Pin It

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Papillon Bracelet

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Defined by complexity, the thick sterling rings of this bracelet fold around each other, locking into a shape with the dynamism of outstretched butterfly wings. The honed edges of square rings punctuate the rhythm of this pattern, imparting a sense of airiness and visual contrast. Chain: 7 inches long 5/8 inch wide [ Alternate view ] Pin It

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