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Brooklyn Ginkgo Earrings

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PRODUCT STORY
Allison says: The year I lived in Brooklyn walking to work through the stately brown stone town houses, I passed the same trees everyday. Being from the mountains of Colorado I had never seen ginkgo trees with their leaves of such a startling and unique shape. After watching these leaves in three seasons they came to embody my time spent in Brooklyn Heights. One of my favorite places, filled with some of my favorite people.

I hand cut each leaf from aluminum sheet metal, I then carefully file all rough edges and hammer the aluminum on my anvil for strength, sophisticated luster, and organic soul. I then hand apply a unique brushed finish. The result is a lovely pebbled and dappled abstract texture under the modern brushing. I also breath life into each leaf by hand bending each lovely leaf into a slightly three dimensional shape. These are remarkably light and fresh, like spring time itself.I hand forge the ear wires from sterling silver.

Aluminum is the most plentiful metal on our planet Earth and has long been admired for it's beautiful never tarnishing luster and it's extremely light-weight nature. Because of it's low density it is much lighter than silver and other metals and has been greatly prized and utilized in the fields of aeronautics and aerospace. At one time aluminum was more costly than gold! Napoleon III, Emperor of France, is reputed to have given a banquet where the most honored guests were given aluminum utensils, while the others made do with gold.
MATERIALS
Aluminum sheet metal
ARTIST / DESIGNER
Allison Stephenson
SUBMITTED BY
Jewelry Design Challenge
NOTES
Approximately just under 1.5 inches long by 1.5 inches wide
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Emily, UncommonGoods

April 10, 2014 12:47:45 PM

Allison's technique for her Brooklyn Ginkgo Earrings is just as interesting as the design! Read about how she was inspired to create these pieces through her product story.

Allison
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April 10, 2014 09:42:48 PM

So pleased to be featured here! Thank you in advance to all who decide to vote for me! I will be happy to answer any questions anyone might have about my work. I would love to hear from you!

Joleen
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April 10, 2014 11:41:22 PM

I love'em!!!

Zack
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April 11, 2014 01:30:25 AM

These are very classy looking!

Rosemary

April 11, 2014 10:16:41 AM

So pretty :D

Mary
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April 11, 2014 01:51:19 PM

Allison has a whole line of absolutely unique and beautiful pieces at very reasonable prices. I am a huge fan!

Mary
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April 11, 2014 01:51:19 PM

Allison has a whole line of absolutely unique and beautiful pieces at very reasonable prices. I am a huge fan!

Chris
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April 11, 2014 02:49:52 PM

Ginkgo trees mean a lot in our family and you have captured their essence.

mary
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April 12, 2014 04:32:24 PM

nicely made just not my style

Jacqueline

April 12, 2014 05:23:23 PM

These lovely earrings would be a joy to wear! I am interested in seeing more of Allison's work. Two thumbs up!!

Pat

April 12, 2014 05:36:00 PM

The ginkgo is a good luck symbol in the far east!

Sandi
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April 12, 2014 06:10:47 PM

Very nice. I've always been attracted to the ginkgo leaf

Kenny
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April 12, 2014 08:00:21 PM

Classy and Cool - Just like the artist.

Kenny
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April 12, 2014 08:01:12 PM

Classy and Cool. Just like the artist.

Kenny
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April 12, 2014 08:01:14 PM

Classy and Cool. Just like the artist.

Ashley
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April 12, 2014 08:23:58 PM

They look weird:

Victoria
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April 12, 2014 09:25:48 PM

You can't really tell they're ginkgo biloba leaves.

Carissa
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April 12, 2014 11:13:14 PM

Those are cool! I loved the description.

Kelly
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April 13, 2014 12:08:51 AM

I think there should be a picture of how they would look on a model. When I first looked at them I thought they were suppose to be stingrays but then when I looked closer I could tell what they were really meant to be. I think they would look really pretty on.

Heidi
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April 13, 2014 12:15:11 AM

These are gorgeous, just like Allison's other pieces. Well done.

Ashley
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April 13, 2014 03:18:29 AM

Very soulful and pretty-

Katie
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April 13, 2014 04:33:34 AM

Simple yet elegant design. Would go well with a casual outfit or a dressy outfit too.

Christine
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April 13, 2014 08:37:00 AM

Love the texture of these earrings.

Angela
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April 13, 2014 10:05:10 AM

These earrings are stunning and incredibly unique! I've never seen anything like them. As an aside, I enjoyed Allison's story behind them. I hope these win!

Marsha
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April 13, 2014 12:25:45 PM

Unique and eye-catching! Love 'em.

Sarah
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April 15, 2014 11:58:26 AM

Gorgeous!

Ryan
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April 15, 2014 05:25:18 PM

They certainly remind me of ginkgo leaves. I too lived in Brooklyn for a time.

Ryan
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April 15, 2014 05:27:58 PM

They certainly remind me of ginkgo leaves. I too lived in Brooklyn for a while.

SHARON

April 17, 2014 10:13:03 AM

I love the texture and color. They are simple yet attractive. Hard to judge the size from the pictures though.

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