Gabriella Kiss oxidized bronze snake necklace with three interchangeable stone drops

$2,800

Details

Gabriella Kiss oxidized bronze snake necklace with interchangeable pear-shaped garnet, labradorite & schalenblende drops. The largest of the drops, the schalenblende, measures approximately 3/4" x 1". Thirteen handmade snakes with diamond eyes, the largest measuring approximately 3″ x 1 3/4″, intertwine to create a necklace of 18 1/2″ total length. 

- oxidized bronze
- champagne diamond eyes
- garnet 
- labradorite 
- schalenblende
- 18 1/2" total length

With wear the finish will lighten, and the bronze will show.

Gabriella Kiss channels her love of the natural world around her into her eponymous jewelry line, finding endless inspiration in the flora and fauna surrounding her studio in New York’s Hudson Valley, from snakes and birds to moss and mushrooms.

A former apprentice and assistant to Ted Muehling, Kiss studied sculpture at New York’s Pratt Institute, where she also learned the art of lost-wax casting which enables her to capture the fine details that have become a hallmark of her designs. Combining precious metals and gemstones, Kiss’ designs are as abstract as they are representational. Her bird collection, conceived while she was pregnant, is all about protection; eggs, fashioned in pearl or turquoise and dangling from the mouths of birds, symbolize the promise of birth and new life. Gold-framed dendritic agate, resembling tiny landscape paintings with its fernlike inclusions, gold-framed dendritic agate, makes a regular appearance in her pendants, rings and earrings.

"The kind of quite concentration required for carving something from nature allows me to 'see' better, " says Kiss. "It's about paying attention and being present."