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Hratch Babikian

"Life is short and time is precious. I create art to bring beauty to people's lives and make our time here more enjoyable."

The inspiration for Hratch Babikian's Sea Urchin Series springs from the artist's early years on the coasts of Lebanon. Babikian has spent the past 15 years perfecting his oceanic series both in jewelry and in sculpture in an attempt to recapture those wondrous days spent collecting shells and watching aquatic life in and around the coastal rocky pools.

Many of Babikian's pieces begin life as drawings or paintings made each day as a means of releasing creative energy. The artist brings his ideas into the three-dimensional world with the help of 25-plus years of metal- and goldsmithing experience. At this time, he opens his mind and allows the metal and stone to show him the way.

With a focus on comfort, wearability, and longevity, Babikian forges and forms his intricate works in a unique Mediterranean style using exotic found materials in an endless variety of shapes and colors.

Babikian's work has been featured in "500 Earrings: New Directions in Contemporary Jewelry," published by Lark Books, 2007.

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Trident Oblong Drop
Gold & Silver Earrings

$ 240
Mini Spine
Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 160
Pointy Spine
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 540
Sea Cuff Cone
Gold, Silver & Stone Bracelet

$ 1,140
Bay Queen Gold
Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 680
Pacific Swim
Silver & Stone Necklace

$ 2,600
Surf Drop
Silver Earrings

$ 210
Bermuda Queen
Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 690
Ocean Slate Stud
Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 140 - $ 400
Ocean Queen Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 480 - $ 550
Seaweed Dangle Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 430