Alison Antelman

Alison B. Antelman

"The physical act of creating jewelry out of raw materials is a labor-intensive process that I constantly explore. The materials evolve through a process that involves the manipulation and movement of metal, much like solving a puzzle. I am drawn to the relationship between metal and stones, movement and form, and how they transform the wearer. "

Inspired by the vitality of the urban landscape, Antelman's jewelry is hand fabricated and forged, much like the cities that are its inspiration. Her designs take their cue from the canyons and peaks of the city as well as the shapes of the botanical life within it. She is interested in exploring the idea of hanging gardens—bringing nature into city life.

To create each piece, the artist uses hammers to shape the metal into hollow forms with creases. She then adds texture and lines by fold-forming the metal, a process of folding, hammering, and unfolding it to make a crease. Antelman contrasts oxidized sterling silver with high-karat gold while drawing from a palette of natural stones. She hand fabricates the clasps, incorporating them directly into design for function and adornment.

Studio jeweler Alison Antelman took her first metals class at City College in San Francisco in 1991. She has since had access to workshops and associations with highly accomplished artists. As former president of the SF Metal Arts Guild, she continues to spread the word about metal arts. She creates her distinctive jewelry in a well-lit studio in the historic Sawtooth Building in Berkeley, CA.

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Hanging Garden Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 1,460
$ 1,241
Tri-Form Earrings in Blue
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 880
$ 748
Hanging Garden in Ruby Necklace
Gold, Silver & Stone Necklace

$ 740
$ 629
M Pod Earrings in Orange
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 386
$ 328.10
Metro Brooch
Gold, Silver & Stone Brooch

$ 460
$ 391
Vertical Horizon Necklace
Silver & Stone Necklace

$ 626
$ 532.10
Flora Necklace
Silver & Stone Necklaces

$ 320
$ 272
Winter Moon Branch Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 960
$ 816
Icicle Mini Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 386
$ 328.10
Icicle Necklace
Gold, Silver & Stone Necklace

$ 460
$ 391
Grand Staircase Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 1,420
$ 1,207
Branches Pendant
Gold, Silver & Stone Necklace

$ 370
$ 314.50
Horizon Mini in Blue
Gold, SIlver & Stone Necklace

$ 350
$ 297.50
M-Pods Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 386
$ 328.10
Metro Earrings
Gold & Silver Earrings

$ 484 - $ 1,860
$ 411.40 - $ 1,581
R-Pod Necklace
Gold & Silver Necklace

$ 320
$ 272
Branches Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 430
$ 365.50
Long Pod Pendant
Gold & Silver Necklace

$ 320
$ 272
Crescent Moon Pendant
Gold & Silver Necklace

$ 320
$ 272
Ilana's Pod
Gold, Silver & Stone Necklace

$ 350
$ 297.50
Horizon Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 386
$ 328.10
Gold M-Pods
Gold & Stone Earrings

$ 1,100
$ 935
Crescent Moon Ring
Gold & Silver Ring

$ 320
$ 272
Horizon Mini Necklace
Silver & Stone Necklace

$ 350
$ 297.50
R-Pods
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 386
$ 328.10
Metro Gemstone Ring
Gold, Silver & Stone Ring

$ 460
$ 391
Metro Ring
Gold & Silver Ring

$ 380
$ 323
Metro Ring in Gold
Gold & Stone Ring

$ 2,400
$ 2,040
Gold Pods with Sapphire
Gold & Stone Earrings

$ 1,840
$ 1,564
Pod Earrings
Gold, Silver, & Stone Earrings

$ 330
$ 280.50
Long Pod Earrings
Gold & Silver Earrings

$ 330
$ 280.50
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Charles Lewton-Brain Fold Forming Competition, Florida, N.Y. U.S., Center for Metal Arts, 2014
Sun Valley Center Arts & Crafts Festival, Sun Valley, ID. U.S. , Sun Valley Center, 2013, 2017
Scottsdale Arts Festival, Scottsdale, AZ. U.S. , Center for Performing Arts, 2013
Top Jewels National Jewelry Design Competition , Durango, CO. U.S., Durango Arts Center, 2014
Rock On! Featuring jewelry encompassing rocks, minerals and gemstones, Seattle, WA. U.S., Facere' Gallery, 2013
The Nature of Jewelry: Botanical Design and Symbols , Fish Creek, WI. U.S., Peninsula School of Art, Guenzel Gallery, 2013
Ornamental Connections, Contemporary Interpretations: Art for the Ear, The Art of the Ring , Cambridge, MA. U.S. , Mobilia Gallery, 2012/2013
2015 Niche Awards, Washington, D.C. , Rosen Group/American Made show, 2015
Wearable Expressions, Ranchos Palos Verdes, CA , Palos Verdes Art Center, 2017