Following on from her first book Coveted: Art and Innovation in High Jewelry, Melanie Grant examines the evolution of jewellery as art with a new five-part series created during lockdown with some of jewellery’s modern masters. This is Part II.
It started in a gallery
I was living in Los Angeles and just by chance I happened upon this beautiful place called M Gallery. This was back in the 80s and as I walked in, I was overwhelmed by the architecture and the minimalism…and the jewellery designed by artists. It wasn’t just the jewellery itself but rather its creation and the curation, how it sat in the space.
I was so inspired and mesmerised that I actually started working for the gallery. I just went in and asked for a job. The gallerist was called Micheal Dawkins, a wonderful gentleman with exquisite taste. I learned so much from him about minimalism and being more discerning with design. Shortly after that, I decided that creating jewellery was what I wanted to do. I started picking the brains of some of the gallery’s designers and that set me on this journey. I eventually found some suppliers to help me realise my designs and I began to create…
My work is an illustration of the human experience in physical form. I am obsessed with the beauty and perfection of minimalist jewellery. There is something very spiritual about the journey of arriving at the purest expression of an idea and how it merges with body, mind and spirit to provide strength and a sense of wellbeing to the wearer.