Bracelet constructed from recycled tin containers, 10k gold rivets and brass escutcheon pins for granulation.
Permanent Collection: Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, Ca

This bracelet is an ironic commentary on the use of gold granulation for contemporary jewelry. Gold granulation carries a message about “value” through the use of intrinsically valuable material and an archaic technique.

Today, a more familiar sense of value is created through brand name products. The name promises to enhance the consumer’s life by association with the product. Buying a premium brand of oatmeal labeled with “Uniformity of Granulation” (as displayed on the bracelet) identifies the buyer as part of an elite group; those who can afford “uniformity.” I can afford quality, therefore I am elite. In a society so transitory and hyper-marketed one may wonder who we really are. Is our only sense of value defined by our material culture?

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