Brooch

  • Harold O'Connor, Brooch, 1993, fabricated and reticulated sterling silver and 18k gold with 18k gold granulation, and spectrolite, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the James Renwick Alliance, 1994.19.6

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.

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

Title
Brooch
Artist
Date
1993
Location
Not on view
Dimensions
32 7814 in. (7.77.4 x .6 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of the James Renwick Alliance

Mediums
Mediums Description
fabricated and reticulated sterling silver and 18k gold with 18k gold granulation, and spectrolite
Classifications
Keywords
  • Landscape – celestial – sun
  • Landscape – mountain
Object Number
1994.19.6
Palette
Linked Open Data
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