Masterful Works by Alexandra Solowij Watkins & Nancy Michel

November 15, 2014 – December 30, 2014


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Earrings

Opal, 18K, 22K and 24K gold


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Ring

Rutilated quartz, 18K and 24K gold


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Necklace

Opals, opalite, 18K, 22K, and 24K gold


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Rings
(Left) Pink tourmaline cabochon, 18K, 22K and 24K gold (center) Aquamarine cabochon, 18K and 22K gold (right) Mandarin garnet, 18K, 22K and 24K gold

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Shower, Ear Clips

22K and 18K yellow gold


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Earrings

22K and 18K yellow gold


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Bracelet

18K white and yellow gold


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Two In One, Bracelet

18K white and yellow gold, 22K yellow gold


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Porticos, Bracelet

18K white and yellow gold


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Heavy Chain, Necklace

24K and 18K gold


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Brooch

24K and 18K gold with Margret Craver “en resille” centerpiece


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    Earrings

    Opal, 18K, 22K and 24K gold

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  • MichelN_NM2020_QuartzRing_sm
    Ring

    Rutilated quartz, 18K and 24K gold

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  • MichelN_OpalOpalite_Necklace
    Necklace

    Opals, opalite, 18K, 22K, and 24K gold

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    Rings
    (Left) Pink tourmaline cabochon, 18K, 22K and 24K gold (center) Aquamarine cabochon, 18K and 22K gold (right) Mandarin garnet, 18K, 22K and 24K gold

    Inquire

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    Shower, Ear Clips

    22K and 18K yellow gold

    Inquire

  • WatkinsA_ASW881_Earrings_Dangle_PL.pages
    Earrings

    22K and 18K yellow gold

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  • WatkinsA_ASW970_Bracelet
    Bracelet

    18K white and yellow gold

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    Two In One, Bracelet

    18K white and yellow gold, 22K yellow gold

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  • WatkinsA_ASW973_Porticos_Bracelet
    Porticos, Bracelet

    18K white and yellow gold

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  • WatkinsA_ASW1719-HeavyGoldChain_Necklace
    Heavy Chain, Necklace

    24K and 18K gold

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  • WatkinsA_ASW1725_Brooch_MargretCraver_sm
    Brooch

    24K and 18K gold with Margret Craver "en resille" centerpiece

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Earrings

Opal, 18K, 22K and 24K gold


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×

Ring

Rutilated quartz, 18K and 24K gold


Artwork Inquire Form

×

Necklace

Opals, opalite, 18K, 22K, and 24K gold


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×

Rings
(Left) Pink tourmaline cabochon, 18K, 22K and 24K gold (center) Aquamarine cabochon, 18K and 22K gold (right) Mandarin garnet, 18K, 22K and 24K gold


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×

Shower, Ear Clips

22K and 18K yellow gold


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×

Earrings

22K and 18K yellow gold


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×

Bracelet

18K white and yellow gold


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×

Two In One, Bracelet

18K white and yellow gold, 22K yellow gold


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×

Porticos, Bracelet

18K white and yellow gold


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Heavy Chain, Necklace

24K and 18K gold


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Brooch

24K and 18K gold with Margret Craver “en resille” centerpiece


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Alexandra Watkins

“I make structures for the landscape of the human body. My fascination with structure, negative space and with indigenous architecture translates into dimensional and wearable pieces. Frequently I incorporate crystal formations or uncut stones, and thus bring the natural world closer to the wearer.”

- Alexandra Watkins

Alexandra Solowij Watkins was co-owner with Nancy Michel of Atelier Janiyé, the legendary studio established in 1958 by Miye Matsukata, a pioneering force in the studio jewelry movement. Born in Poland, Watkins studied fashion design in Paris, France, painting in Montréal, Canada, and jewelry and silversmithing in Boston, Massachusetts. Initially she designed hollowware for Gorham Silver and for the jewelry industry. Ultimately, she was attracted to the creative freedom of one-of-a-kind work in high karat gold and the use of unusual stones.

Nancy Michel

“My fascination with nature and with ancient man-made structures is reflected in the narrative quality of my sculptural jewelry. Stonehenge, the remains of cliff dwellings in the southwest, the gnarled roots of a tree, a lichen-encrusted stone wall — these elements conjure images which appear in my work in abstracted and recognizable forms. Each piece is designed to impart a sense of spontaneity, movement, and complexity. I seek out new influences which challenge and inspire me as an artist — this growth and evolution resonates in my work.”

- Nancy Michel

Nancy Michel spent her childhood living in many regions of the United States and Europe. In 1959 she moved to Florida with her family where her fascination with nature and landscape began to unfold. In 1967 she moved to Boston to attend the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, receiving a traveling fellowship in the metals department in 1972. Over the next few years Nancy taught in several metals programs and worked for two years as a custom designer in a jewelry studio in Harvard Square. She joined the workshop of Miye Matsukata in 1975 and stayed until Matsukata’s death in 1982. Since 1982 she and business partner Alexandra Watkins continued the tradition of Atelier Janiyé with their elegant, powerful, sculptural jewelry. The arts community is fortunate to have their work in the permanent collection of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.

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