Jen Surine of Jen Surine Jewelry (south of Chicago, Illinois)
Featured above: Mini Teardrop Openwork Studs in Argentium Silver* by Jen Surine Jewelry
Featured above: Large Half Moon Openwork Necklace in Argentium Silver by Jen Surine Jewelry
Jen’s jewelry is both ethereal and architectural, with wire forms that resemble a three-dimensional lace. She loves to wield torches and hammers, cut and form little pieces of wire, and assemble bit by bit one piece at a time to create a wearable piece of sculptural jewelry.
Above: Oval Openwork Ring by Jen Surine Jewelry
From the artist's website: "Jen Surine hand fabricates contemporary jewelry in her signature style called “Openwork”. This sculptural technique involves cutting and assembling pieces of wire to create wearable, dimensional jewelry."
Above: Small Dangling Daggers by Jen Surine Jewelry
"Jen’s distinct design aesthetic arises from her ability to pair unexpected, contradictory themes in her work. Combinations she utilizes include juxtapositions like edgy/glamorous, architectural/ethereal, and Art Deco/Futuristic. The result is a piece of jewelry with a distinct style all its own."
Above: Mini Kite Openwork Pendant by Jen Surine Jewelry
"Jen, a native Michigander, enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys when she’s not in her studio. She’s a lover of sunny days, trips to the lake for rock hunting, baking bread, and family walks to the local ice cream shop. Jen graduated from Grand Valley State University with a BFA, specializing in Metals & Jewelry"
Above: Square Hoops by Jen Surine Jewelry
Each sculptural, stunning hand-fabricated treasure is one of a kind. We love carrying Jen's work and invite you to stop by the gallery; revel in these pieces in person on the 2nd floor of Pacific Place Seattle!
Above: Double Rectangle Openwork Drops by Jen Surine Jewelry
Above: Mini Heart Openwork Studs by Jen Surine Jewelry
*What is Argentium Silver?
Argentium Silver is a Silver alloy, similar to Sterling, with a few differences. Argentium has a higher silver content, lower copper content, and an added metal called Germanium. This combination gives Argentium a bright white color that is much more tarnish-resistant than sterling silver. Which means less time worrying about cleaning your silver.