Bek Genery Jeweller

 

My work has a rough luxe spirit.

I feel deeply tidal as a person.Things flow up and ebb away in our lives.


I have been lucky enough to learn my craft from an eclectic range of artisans in an apprenticeship style.  I like to learn in this traditional way and then experiment and combine.

I can work in Ecosilver sourced from Cookson precious Metals. It is 100% recycled and traceable.

As a jeweller my work is heavily influenced by water; the towering reflections of the mountains in the Kintyre sound or the epic meeting of sky and sea on the East Anglian coast. Places I have spent long hours.


I am fascinated, in the true sense, by water and our relationship with it.The process of reticulation allows me to turn metal from a solid to a liquid while retaining its essential shape.When the surface of the metal is molten the base components of the amalgam sink leaving rippled silver wavelets.The inclusion of stones adds to the depth and reflectivity of the surface.

Byzantium, saxon metal smiths and antique setting techniques are appealing to me. The Palla d'Oro in St Mark's, Venice is the most incredible example of our ability to pick stuff up and take it with us as we travel. It is the personification of early European Trade routes meeting the Eastern ones; with its Amber from the Baltic and Emeralds from India.

I have travelled to both ends of this line. I am interested in the notion of exploration, how it affects us and the tools we use; objects that have been used to plot journeys through actual physical space as well as life. The people who used these things also made them into talismans either to be worn or to adorn their bodies and bring them back safely. It is  this "memento" aspect that I am truly striving toward.


 

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