vintage glass cabochon ringby Nina Gibson
- the story
Handmade from vintage glass cabochons originally created in Japan to imitate carved jade, these colorful rings are sure to add a pretty punch of color to any outfit.
During WWII, many glass factories were destroyed in Japan. After the war ended, several glass companies taught the devastated and unemployed citizens how to blow and press colored glass for beads and cabochons out of their own homes. Entire neighborhoods took part in the manufacturing of the jade-inspired glass, and the beautiful exports helped lift Japan's economy.
Artist Nina Gibson was drawn to the Japanese floral motifs of the era and collected the glass to create her own line of jewelry. "Japonica and Japanese design were so popular in America in the years following the war," Nina said. "My grandparents house was decorated in a fusion of Japanese and Hawaiian style, which is why I love these bits of glass so much."
- Item ID
- Made from
- sterling silver, glass
- .75" L x .5" W, Ring sizes: 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10
- the maker
A Southern California native, Nina has been making jewelry since she was just a child. Her metal and arts education is a grab bag of formal training from masters and self-taught, independent study, and in 2004, she started her own jewelry business.
Her jewelry is inspired by a casual playfulness as well as by the vintage glass she incorporates, "It gives me the chance to add a sense of beautiful history to my designs."
Nina fabricates each piece of jewelry by hand in an independent studio. She lives in Anaheim, California in an old craftsman home with her husband and two children.
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