In many ways, the landscape comprising the Southern United Sates is a work of art, albeit one that doesn’t quite fit in a museum. One Charleston artist decided to turn that very landscape into wearable art.
By evoking the natural beauty of the outdoors, Christina Jervey has mastered the art of perfectly imperfect jewelry. The multifaceted designer crafts 14-karat-gold and gold-plated rings, bracelets, and necklaces by hand. The pieces are influenced by organic elements such as starfish and sea glass.
Jervey, who studied both art and natural resources at Sewanee, spent several years living and selling jewelry in Vail, Colorado, before heading back East. The Virginia native took a metalsmithing class at Penland School of Crafts and moved her business to Charleston, South Carolina.
“This city is a hub for art and culture, and the people seem to have a great appreciation for goods that are locally made,” she says.
The Inspiration: “Along with a love for textiles and patterns, my inspiration comes from the Southern landscape. I find it anywhere from nearby beaches and wetlands to Charleston’s historic architecture.”
The Method: “Most of my work is done with the lost-wax casting method. I start by sculpting with wax to achieve a high level of texture. I also use basic metalsmithing techniques, such as forging. Depending on the complexity, it can take anywhere from an hour to several days.”
The Signature Piece: “My cuff bracelets are stand-alone statement pieces that are versatile, timeless, and easy to wear.”
The Aesthetic: “My collection is full of imperfect lines, organic forms, and natural texture. The jewelry is both delicate and bold.”