Elise Moran's Simplified Nature Jewelry

The medium is metal



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Jewelry artist Elise Moran sees the beauty of nature in simple terms — the lines are clean, and the essence of each leaf, bloom or bird is distilled to its bare form.

Moran uses traditional metalsmithing techniques to create each prototype piece that is then cast to make a production line. “I think in multiples,” explains Moran, as each line, whether of fiddleheads, fronds or trees, is developed with variations and utility in mind. Earrings, pendants and rings become family members of the theme. The casting process allows Moran to work on her own at her Portsmouth Button Factory studio, plus each piece is cleaner in look with fewer soldering points. Finally, and maybe most importantly, the signature satin finish with its soft luster helps define the shape of each piece.

Moran’s work can be customized in black, oxidized silver, gold or even platinum finishes. Her simplified forms are not large statement pieces, but rather light touches that can be worn every day and anyplace. They’re for the wearer to enjoy — a piece of preciousness, a hand-wrought distillation of natural things, finely honed right down to the custom clasp.

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