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Ilene Schwartz

" I use line and negative space when creating my jewelry. I strive for simplicity in classic feminine forms; always keeping in mind the piece is meant to be worn."

Ilene Schwartz's work is a combination of 18k gold, sterling silver, and a variety of beautiful gemstones. Clean contemporary earrings and pendants suggest a happy movement that is figurative and playful yet infinitely wearable. Her jewelry is a juxtaposition of the unusual and unique beauty of gemstones nature has created (sparkly drusy, patterned fossilized stones, multi-colored opals) with simple classic settings.

Schwartz's work is hand fabricated. She loves the transformation of sheet and wire into dimensional form. Bezels are individually constructed for the unique stones Schwartz uses. Much of the work is given a soft matte finish and additional texture is added by chasing or engraving on small elements in the different pieces. Schwartz's ability to combine texture and color is her version of painting.

Ilene Schwartz has been making jewelry in one form or another since she was six years old. She holds an associates degree in graphics and a BFA in metals from Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Schwartz worked for a number of years at small family-owned jewelry businesses developing her skills before striking out on her own.

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Green Drusy Brooch
Gold & Stone Brooch

$ 6,400
Green Drusy Earrings
Gold & Stone Earrings

$ 4,200
Opal Leaf Pendant Necklace
Gold & Stone Necklace

$ 2,800
Small Daisy Earrings
Gold & Stone Earrings

$ 1,400
Tassel Bangle
Silver Bracelet

$ 280
Pinwheel Earrings II
Gold & Silver Earrings

$ 250
Charm Bangle
Silver Bracelet

$ 180
Flower Brooch
Gold & Stone Brooch

$ 4,200
Small Blossom Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 180 - $ 960
Oxidized Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 340
Curved Linkage
Gold & Silver Bracelet

$ 650
Jump for Joy Pendant
Silver & Stone Necklace

$ 340
Spiral Pendant
Gold, Silver, & Stone Necklace

$ 580
Hanging Spiral Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 590
Oxidized Face Framer Earrings
Gold, Silver & Pearl Earrings

$ 280
Face Framer Earrings
Gold, Silver, & Stone Earrings

$ 340
Face Framer Earrings
Gold, Silver & Stone Earrings

$ 540
Face Framer Earrings
Gold & Stone Earrings

$ 920 - $ 1,160
Hanging Charm Earrings
Gold & Stone Earrings

$ 720 - $ 740
Pearl Dots
Gold & Pearl Earrings

$ 620 - $ 1,040
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
American Craft Council Show, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD, 2020
American Craft Council Show, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD, 2019
American Craft Council Show, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, MD, 2018