Fossil Brooch 3

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April, 2015
Coprolite, diamonds, sterling silver, and stainless steel
5.5cm x 4.3cm x 1.4cm
(HxWxD; measured at the thickest point.)

This is the compromise I reached between Fossil Brooch 1 and 2, and it is one of the three pieces I ended up submitting for my thesis proposal. It combines qualities from both brooches into something new, strange, and somewhat contradictory. It has brooch 2's unconventional nature and Brooch 1's orderly hexagonal theme. But like both brooches it too has a lump of coprolite in the center of it surrounded by small imperfect diamonds.

Here is a segment of the proposal regarding this brooch:

"I am wary of the established material hierarchy which permeates jewelry and consumer culture alike, and I fear it can muddle our value judgments and impose a set of preconceptions which stifle creativity. This wariness, coupled with my love of bizarre materials has led me to create this brooch, which aims to present its materials in a more nonhierarchical manner. In the center of this brooch's undulating silver form is a lumpy brown stone. This stone is fossilized excrement, more commonly known as coprolite, and it is surrounded by six tube-set diamonds.

The dichotomy of these two materials which sit on completely opposite ends of the value spectrum is mirrored throughout the form via contradictions in design and craftsmanship. The brooch is wavy, irregular, and looks as though it is deteriorating- yet an orderly hexagon pattern is present throughout the surface. The diamonds and prongs are evenly numbered and radiate around the around the coprolite, however they are all misaligned and the diamonds jut out at odd angles. Even the coprolite itself presents a contrast, as its face is level and high polished while its sides are raw and irregular. These elements of contradiction make this brooch all the more interesting, and allude to the fossil’s origin rather than obscuring it. This brooch is meant to draw the viewer in to observe and consider these polarized materials. It acts as a lens through which to see and push past the boundaries of imposed systems of value."