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Sterling silver, coal, diamonds
5cm x 1cm x 3.2cm
(HxWxD; measured at the thickest point.)
This is a brooch where I cut and shaped a piece of anthracite (coal) and set diamonds in it. The idea was to pair a purely utilitarian material (coal) with one notorious for its aesthetic qualities. In the context of this brooch coal has become a decorative element, and as such it has lost its utilitarian functionality. (Similar to how "gem grade" diamonds do when they are set in jewelry rather than used to coat drill-bits.)
The design of this brooch was a bit too tame, and I eventually remade it. Its successor (Combustible Brooch) made its way into my MFA thesis. I still love this brooch however, and I wear it a lot when I need to dress up nice.