The first time I saw a pair of Sean Gilson‘s ‘Geometry’ earrings on my friend Peggy, I couldn’t help but stare. They were so striking in their simplicity, smooth gold pendants in pure geometric forms. When I asked her who made them, she told me about Sean, a rare breed of designer and goldsmith.
With a Master of Fine Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, with a concentration in jewelry and metalsmithing, wide ranging gemological experience including the Gemological Institute of America, Sean’s career is clearly one driven by a passion for jewelry. His unique combination of expertise in both designing and creating jewelry sets him apart from his contemporaries. From start to finish, Sean has the ability to make a piece completely within his studio, including wax carving, various casting techniques, lapidary work and stone setting, but incorporates advanced technologies when they provide an edge.
After working in New York for 10 years, Sean retreated to the calm of the Connecticut countryside in 1987, where he opened a studio/workshop and technical consulting business to other jewelers. Moving out of the city has also given Sean the time and space to focus on his own collection, which is comprised mostly of one-of-a-kind creations and custom orders from his faithful clients. The beauty of Sean’s rare skill set is that anything he can dream up, he can make.
As these stunning, stylish yet simple earrings will attest, Sean’s aesthetic focuses on timeless design. When I spoke with him, he stated that “one of the most difficult things to do is to make something seemingly simple, new and relevant.” With these high karat gold earrings, Sean has taken the pure form of primary shapes and made a pair of earrings that transcends both time and fashion trends. From the ear wire to the pendant, the entire piece maintains his purist perspective in geometric dimensions. Proportion and scale are thoroughly thought out as well as making sure the earring is comfortable for the wearer, a feature that is often overlooked in jewelry.
To make these simple pieces is equally as challenging as designing them. A combination of old technology and new techniques are required to forge these earrings, using both casts and hand fabrication. The result is a pair of bold and chic gold earrings that go with practically everything – transitioning seamlessly from a casual day accessory to an evening statement jewel.
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