By working in traditional
metalsmithing materials and age old methods such as forming,
forging, imprinting and casting, Nina Mann creates work that is
distinctly contemporary yet evocative of the ancient high carat work
of Byzantine, Egyptian and Asian cultures. Her collection of jewelry
in silver and high carat gold reflects natural forms and refined
elegance. The combination of sterling silver with 18k and 22k gold
offers subtle contrasts of color, surface and form. Often the metal
is etched, allowing the gold to stand in relief, thus adding yet
another textural element to the work. High carat gold, with its
inherent plasticity, permits still greater variety of surface
textures which are achieved by printing and hammering the metal. The
shapes acquire volume by forging and die forming while soldering and
fusing connect all the elements.
Each neckpiece, brooch or pair of earrings is an individual piece of
wearable art, even considered by some to be a portable sculpture.
Ms. Mann uses a variety of precious metals and gemstones,* often
combining the most desirable of stones with not only precious
metals, but with alternative materials, such as blackened steel.
* All metals and gemstones are responsibly sourced and recycled.
Fair Trade materials are purchased from reputable vendors.