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Brooch

1993 Harold O'Connor Born: Utica, New York 1941 fabricated and reticulated sterling silver and 18k gold with 18k gold granulation, and spectrolite 3 x 2 7/8 x 1/4 in. (7.7 x 7.4 x .6 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the James Renwick Alliance 1994.19.6 Not currently on view


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“You can see why [Spectrolite is] believed to have mystical properties. When you look at it directly, it’s dark and dull. But when you change your orientation slightly, when you shift your point of view, it shows you every color there is.” The artist, quoted in Lapidary Journal, November 1996

Luce Center Label

Harold O’Connor first encountered the brilliant, iridescent Spectrolite (also referred to as labradorite) while he was a student in Finland. His challenge was twofold: to find an appropriate cut to preserve the mineral’s unique color and create a setting to hold the oddly shaped stone. In Brooch, the juxtaposition of the reticulated silver and gold, and the contrast of the gold granules against the Spectrolite enhance the stone’s natural colors and texture.

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