Onyx and Coral Brooch - Rengin Guner
Sterling silver, Onyx, Coral.
"For the FIND 20th anniversary exhibition, I wanted to go back in the history and revisit my favourite era in creative designs, I would like to call it machine age rather than Art Deco. I believe that covers both the Art Deco and Modernist periods. I am always obsessed with the mechanism, and the use of mechanism as a feature of the design itself, so rather than hiding them I like to emphasize them. More important to me than the value of the materials are technical execution and precision of design. I used stepped designs of circles or squares to provide dramatic dimension. I used onyx in each design and added lapis lazuli, coral and moonstone to give contrast colours and dynamic to my designs. The stones were set in an unusual way with textured geometric, decorative shaped bezels. I loved the process in the making even though it was quite challenging…"