Jeanette Hyde


Intentional Metalsmithing

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Jewellery with meaning

My work is based on the idea that decorative items should also serve a purpose. I am inspired by the beliefs of ancient cultures and traditions about amulets, talismans and charms. I am interested in the metaphysical properties of gemstones – colours and shapes suggest particular forms or uses, acknowledging the designs, materials and techniques used throughout history to create personal adornments both functional and beautiful.

Each of my pieces is created to support working with a specific idea or intention – and all the decisions taken in making the work are made with that key idea in mind, also reflected in the title given to the piece.

Protection – Silver Prayer Box ring with Tibetan Turquoise

Where the work includes a prayer box, the key word has been inscribed on the box – inside or outside – even if it will never be seen, the wearer will know it is there.

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