Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

Akiko Kurihara

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” S ” / necklace, bracelet etc… / silver925 and 20K gold

100 pieces of “S” made of silver925, and a piece made of 20K gold. They have identical shapes, but I stamped serial numbers to give them individual character. By combining each piece like a puzzle ring, you can make necklace or bracelet etc…of your favorite length.

 

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“Percentage Sterling silver (silver925)” / Necklace / pure silver, pure copper, silver925 (chain)

92.5% silver(Ag) and 7.5% copper(Cu). This is standard alloy for silver and it’s called sterling silver. I combined 92.5% of pure silver bar and 7.5% of pure copper bar. If it’s melted, it makes an alloy of silver 925 = sterling silver.

 

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“Percentage 18K gold  (gold750)” / Necklace / pure gold, pure silver, pure copper, 18K gold (chain)

75% gold(Au) and 25% mixture of silver(Ag) and copper(Cu). This is standard alloy for gold, and it’s known as 18K gold or gold 750. I combined 75% of fine gold bar and 25% of copper : silver (5:5) bar. If it’s melted, it makes an alloy of 18K gold = gold 750.

 

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“Smile and Tears” / Necklace / 18K gold, oxidized silver925, silk string

 

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“Earclip Earring” / Earclip or earring / 18K gold

Is this an earclip or an earring? As you prefer.

 

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The Truth in the Mirror ” who are you? ” / Brooch / silver925, paint

You see the truth in the mirror. Who are you?

 

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“Tendency” / Necklace / 18K gold, oxidized silver925

I sometimes appreciate opinions against the trend of the world.

 

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“The Slaves of Jewelry” / Ring / oxidized silver925, copper

We are all slaves of jewelry… me too, of course. (A special piece for the Schmuck-week in Munich, 2014.)

 

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” 100 directions ” / pin / steel, silver925 (pin back)

As many heads, as many wits. – 100 different shapes of pins.

 

 

At Schmuck 2014 during my last day in Munich, I visited one of the exhibitions I enjoyed most.  ”Mass” was at Micheko Galerie where, among others, I saw jewels by the artist I present to you today: Akiko Kurihara. She says ”I expect that humor in my work would connect me to a person wearing my piece, as well as to people seeing the piece.”  She absolutely achieves this goal.

 

Durant el darrer dia a Schmuck d’aquest any a Munich vaig visitar una de les exposicions que més em va agradar. “Mass” era a la Micheko Galerie i allà, entre d’altres, vaig veure peces de l’artista que avui us presento, l’Akiko Kurihara. Ella diu: “Confio que l’humor que hi ha en el meu treball em conecti amb la persona que es posa la meva peça, així com també amb les persones que mirin la peça” i aconsegueix totalment el seu objectiu.

 


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