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Tension Bracelet

1999 Samuel Frank Patania Born: Tucson, Arizona 1961 fabricated 18k white gold and opposed bar-cut green tourmaline 2 1/4 x 2 1/4 x 1/2 in. (5.8 x 5.8 x 1.3 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the Patania Family 2000.100.3 Not currently on view


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"I love working with expensive materials. I like the idea that there's intrinsic value in the pieces apart from my work." Samuel Frank Patania

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Tension Bracelet shows Samuel Frank Patania's fascination with precious and semiprecious stones. He selected the tourmaline for its striking color and the unique cut done by local gem cutter Jeff Graham. Patania likes white gold for its ability to hold a large stone in the smallest possible mount, which allows light to filter through the entire gem. Describing Tension Bracelet as "a real melding of [his] grandfather's and dad's designs," Patania unites the modernist tendencies of his father's architectural style in the smooth, polished band, with the "romantic leanings" of his grandfather's work.

Keywords

decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - gold

stone - tourmaline

About Samuel Frank Patania

Born: Tucson, Arizona 1961