Jewel Box
  • Ettagale Blauer


The last word on originality in the making of contemporary American jewelry goes to Jane Campbell, a metalsmith who lives in Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania. Campbell, who says she has always liked Fabergé eggs that came apart to reveal other treasures within, one day simply had a flash of inspiration. She was then making brooches, but says, “I knew I wanted to make something more elaborate.” Suddenly she saw the brooch as the lid of a box. Everything grew from that thought. The brooch grew into a necklace with chain; studs that held the box together at either side became earrings. “If the box is a large oval, the entire bottom is a bracelet.” That type of construction can take a couple of months. Somewhere within the construction a piece becomes a stickpin. The more elaborate pieces also include a “daughter pendant.” Although Campbell has made three boxes in 14k gold for special orders, the silver sells the best. “What they want is the whole idea and the construction.”


Mineral Resource Special Order Technical Excellence Large Oval Abalone Shell 
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