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Andy Lifschutz: Heavily Stoned Jewels

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By Diane Small

Hard rock lover Andy Lifschutz began exploring metalwork in Brooklyn with renowned designer Kristin Hanson. His natural inclination for design and bursting expression was further honed under the guidance of William (“Billy”) Thomas King at the Sterling Quest School of Jewelry Design and Creation in San Miguel De Allende, Mexico. It could be said that Lifschutz truly made his greatest strides in metallurgy in this picturesque artist’s town in Mexico, and after graduating in 2008, his career as a jeweller really took off.

Although he is currently based in New York City, the rough and wild shapes of nature inspire eco-jeweller Andy Lifschutz. His latest “Nature Speaks” series features natural, uncut stones on recycled silver, brass and gold bases.

Lifschutz is often referred to as a ‘sculptural jewellery’ designer, and indeed, the heavy, brilliantly coloured stones and thick, handcrafted bases of his rings do seem to be pieces of wearable art. But we prefer to think of his work as almost anthropological: with the deliberately primitive cast of the metal and the raw cuts of the unpolished stones, these works wouldn’t seem out of place in a Celtic or Viking archeological dig–or on modern rock’n’roll royalty.

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