409. PETRA CLASS Lapis Bracelet, 2019
Rough Lapis and 18/22K Gold
7.5" x 0.625" x 0.25"
Courtesy of Mobilia Gallery, Cambridge, MA
Petra Class was trained as a silversmith in Germany. Having spent several years constructing tableware, her approach to jewelry making is “informed foremost by the European tradition of applied art.” Class limits herself to creating jewelry that is wearable and also, to a big degree, to the materials traditionally perceived as precious. Over the years, certain themes have recurred in Class’s work: the rhythmical arrangements of several elements, repetition of similar forms or colors, the unexpected contrasts of differently textured materials. The artist is “endlessly fascinated with gemstones, precious or not...by the wealth of different reds found in nature, by the sea of blues: the opaqueness of lapis, the transparency and subtlety of a lightly lilac-colored sapphire. One can almost paint with these stones.”