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inner circle necklace

by Vanessa Gade
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All For One

San Francisco-based artist Vanessa Gade turns the interplay of pendant and chain into a dynamic sculptural statement. Inspired by her city's inherent dualism, marked by its powerful feats of engineering (like the Golden Gate Bridge) and its peaceful Southern Californian shorelines, Vanessa captures this rich and varied landscape in the motion and tension of her bold, kinetic pieces.

In this particular necklace, Vanessa was compelled to utilize the strong shape of the circle in a way that she had never seen before. She wanted to create a piece that would be both unique and thought provoking, but that would also celebrate the shape in a clean and uncluttered fashion. Her vision was realized in this striking sterling silver necklace and this pair of earrings, as well as this necklace, in which a circle, articulated in oxidized sterling silver, is interlaced with a crisscrossed net of 14 karat, gold-filled chain that glides fluidly with the wearer's movement. The unique relationship between the negative and positive space in Vanessa's pieces emphasizes their dependency on each other in a romantic and beautiful way, evoking our deep connection and reliance on those who support us. Handmade in San Francisco, California.

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14kt gold, oxidized sterling silver
Pendant: 1.5" L; Chain: 18" L
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Vanessa Gade

It was Vanessa's passion for history and photography that initiated her path to jewelry design. While studying to become a historian at the University of California, San Diego she volunteered to help construct the new darkroom on campus, directly adjacent to the metalsmithing studio. Fascinated by the tools, stone, and molten metal, she wandered inside and never looked back.
Bold, kinetic and sculptural with an elegant interplay of angles and curves, Vanessa Gade's jewelry makes a contemporary statement balanced with timeless style.
The diverse urban landscape of Sand Francisco provides the ideal creative backdrop for Vanessa's work and can be seen in the architectural qualities of her jewelry designs. The structural nature of her pieces is gracefully countered by a fluidity and movement influenced by her love of the ocean and her youth along the beaches of Southern California.
She describes her work as contemporary, with clean lines and a minimalist aesthetic reminiscent of Japanese and Scandinavian design. Particular pieces have been inspired by everything from art deco architecture, ikebana flower arrangements, suspension bridges and even criss crossing power lines. Her designs tend toward an asymmetrical pattern encased within a perfect circle.
She enjoys the challenge of creating a perfectly balanced geometric structure that still maintains an element of movement, all the while utilizing the negative space as an integral part of the design.

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