Colour stirs emotion in me; the delicious, heady rush of colour. My senses are also excited by texture. Both make me feel alive and excited. I want my jewellery to make others feels this way too. I use the enamelling process – with copper, silver and gold – to materialise the colours and textures that I feel instinctively when I create a piece of jewellery.
Then there are the endless patterns, designs and luminosity of traditional cultural adornments from around the world. From a young age, playing with my mother’s and grandmothers’ Latvian rings, I have been inspired by the ancient designs of traditional jewellery. But it’s not just the bold visual statement inherent in these pieces that attracts me. I am captured by the story of the wearer and the cultural significance of their costume. Naturally, I like to explore traditional techniques in the jewellery I make – from the the delicate twists of filigree to wonderful array of textures achieved through repousse and chasing.
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enamelled cufflinks by Melanie Rice