Susie Ganch’s Evolving Enamel Jewelry

Susie Ganch’s Evolving Enamel Jewelry

Susie Ganch’s distressed enamel jewelry is striking and dynamic, with each piece left a little bit rough by the artist so that it will evolve with time and wear. The eye-catching black and white exteriors will gradually chip and flake, “gaining rust, losing enamel while the diamonds and rubies on the surfaces will remain the same.” It’s a powerful commentary on the nature of time and change, with the message elegantly built into every piece in the series. Ganch uses the sparkling, static gemstones in moderation — “In my imagination, they are the true loser in the story,” she writes — and they provide a lively, unexpected contrast to the pure black-and-white base of each piece. I love imagining what each brooch or necklace might look like after a year, five years, 50 years, as it ages and evolves alongside its wearer.

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