Polycrystalline Brooch

  • Taking reference from medieval brooches, this piece attempts to counterfeit stone as was often done in Europe in place of rubies and other gems. Nomadic European often made religious fibulas as a form of both wearable wealth and Christic tribute. 
  • Red stones and enamels were emblematic of the blood of Christ; Polycrystalline uses the false idol format and attempts to remove the religious ideology, instead presenting red stones as an icon counterfeited with glass enamel.  The brooch implements plique à jour and other traditional making methods with contemporary styling for an iconic interpretation of the form.