Two years ago local jewelry artisan Karin Worden fulfilled a lifelong dream and opened a gallery focused on handcrafted jewelry: Silver Blue & Gold. Before opening Silver Blue & Gold, Karin was making her own line of jewelry in a studio located in Laguna Canyon and was an exhibitor at Festival of Arts and the American Craft Council shows. This is where she met other fine artisans with similar aesthetics. With an eye for fine craftsmanship, Karin began gathering a group of artists to represent in her gallery. All of the jewelry carried at Silver Blue & Gold is hand fabricated, using ancient techniques of metal construction that demonstrate a deep respect for the precious metals and gems that they are made with.
Elements + Alloy is a husband and wife team from Philadelphia who met in architecture school. The influence of symmetry and order are reflective in their work.
Natasha’s work is strongly influenced by two places: Tibet, where she studied on a Fulbright Scholarship, and Brooklyn, her hometown. Although drastically different, both find their way into her work.
Davide is originally from Florence, Italy where he became an apprentice at the age of 14. Later he worked for large manufacturing companies before he made the decision to forge out on his own. Now he splits his time between Italy and Northern California working on his unique line of jewelry.
Much of her own work is inspired by the nature that surrounds her whether it’s on a hike in Laguna Canyon, while seeing the bloom of a wildflower, or a day at the beach seeing the varied blues of the Pacific.
“I love the process when I’m working on a piece. I let the metal speak to me. When I’m hiking and I see a flower I think to myself, what metal does this look like? What texture would look like that? And I see that in a lot of the artists I represent. Many of them have a similar tactile (focus) in their work,” says Karin. Silver Blue & Gold is a jewelry gallery with a personal touch that Karin, as an artisan with over 20 years of experience, can bring to her clientele. The gallery features over a dozen artists and there is something for everyone with prices ranging from $50 to 5,000.
|The art on the walls is not just a decorative piece to the gallery; it is part of the gallery. Each painting is coordinated with the showcase and is for sale. Pictured here is “Ocean” by Sheryl Smith Seltzer.|
1492 S. Coast Hwy. #5
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Wednesday – Sunday 11am to 6pm (closed Mondays and Tuesdays)
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By Anne-Marie S.