RACHEL ROSS – Hammered Silver Cuff

$2,000.00 TTD


Material: Hammered silver cuff with a partially gold plated flower motif and zircon

Born in Penal,  Ross and her family moved to Diego Martin when she was seven, but their roots are firmly in Port of Spain and the Savannah instilled in her an abiding love for natural material. While Ross never formally studied jewellery abroad, she apprenticed to Glen Leanza, almost on a whim. “My work tends to be larger, more chunky.  I love working with silver and natural materials…whatever can be used to embellish.”  The tiger-eyed artisan chooses semi-precious stones over precious gems, and prefers muted and neutral shades over colour.  “I am more au fait with browns, crystals, smoky quartz, citrine.  I stay away from stones like amethyst and peridot, although it’s still nice to have a little colour from time to time.”

Item condition: New

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Turning to natural materials also makes good business sense, with the price of raw materials continuing to shoot up. On the bright side, though, limitations on the availability of materials force her to be more flexible and creative. Commissions are a challenge in getting it right for the client, and it gives you a little more leeway sometimes.  When you get it right, it feels great.”

 “There aren’t many independent artist jewellers. I’m lucky in that I started 25 years ago, and I have a reputation.  It’s still a struggle, though.” One range of pieces that she has no problem importing and distributing is the Same Sky line.  These popular glass beads are made by Rwandan women who are HIV-positive or survivors of the genocide.  For these, Ross takes only a minuscule mark-up, seeing the venture more as her personal contribution to the cause. 

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Auction started April 12, 2021 7:02 am

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