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this piece is an homage to all the modernist jewellers that have come before me.... i take inspiration and direction from them but try not to be too literal... i strive to make my artwork my own and add to the foundations placed before me...

this is one such piece.... it a a pair of earrings in the modernist style... they are made from the bristles of the street sweeping machines of Rome, Italy. My home and studio was in the old quarter of Rome -centro- and one good thing about living here is my street is swept daily. Like clockwork {odd for Italy} at 4am the sweeper machine comes by.... maybe just up the middle but he does come by.... in the morning stuck between the cobblestones are these steel pieces lying around here and there... i search them out....

its one of a few urban pieces that i did while living in Rome... the bristles are embellished with sterling silver in a random spotted pattern.... maybe they are snowflakes, maybe they are atomic symbols, but they definately are retro....

one of them bears my personal hallmark.... i have tried to handle this recycled material in a sensitive and jewellerly fashion: all the edges have be smoothed, burnished and polished to make a wearable and admireable pair of earrings.

the ear posts are sterling silver.... the pair weighs 4.8grams and they are 1.75 inches [44mm] in length...

all of my work comes packaged in either a gift box or a small cloth drawstring pouch; just tell me your preferance in the "note to seller" during the checkout process...

i care about this Earth so all my precious metals are made from 100% recycled material...

thanks for your interest---- i feel like my forebearers would be happy with these.... i hope you are too...

mark kaplan----- being nostalgic

to get into my shop just click here: http://markaplan.etsy.com

modernist street sweeper earrings recycled sterling silver and steel


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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: found steel street sweeper bristles, sterling, silver, certified recycled 925 sterling silver
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