Jewelry Designer Jenne Rayburn Finds Inspiration at Brimfield

Handmade jewelry inspired by treasures from other eras and ancient times


Boston, MA (PRWEB) May 31, 2012 Stylishly thoughtful objects for personal adornment, and the adornment of interior spaces, have always inspired Jenne Rayburn. Her jewelry collections exemplify this point of view, and it is no wonder that her Little Kings collection of designer jewelry is a successful fusion of found objects and vintage components that are re-purposed or re-imagined into beautiful contemporary jewelry. Vintage inspired and incorporating eye-catching weathered and antique components found recently while browsing the May Brimfield Vintage Fashion and Textile Show. “Sometimes the found objects star as the focal point, such as vintage glass earrings or a vintage steel button used as a pendant, while other elements are cast in metal to create unique new design elements,” explains Jenne Rayburn, founder and designer at Jenne Rayburn Handcrafted Jewelry and Wearable Art. “Ancient looking pieces often become catalysts for new design ideas. I get very excited about reinventing and transforming something found into something completely new.

”Jenne Rayburn’s designs are made by hand in Massachusetts from vintage textiles, buttons, and costume jewelry, and with up-cycled materials such as discarded findings and components from bygone jewelry manufactures. By the 1950’s most of the world’s costume jewelry was being made in America, and most American costume jewelry was made on the East Coast in Rhode Island and New York City, with stones imported from Swarovski and other European manufacturers.

 “I feel so lucky to have a wealth of treasures and knowledgeable sellers in my own back yard,” notes Jenne Rayburn. “I look forward to chatting with people at Brimfield about jewelry history and culture as much as I do discovering a new piece for my collections.” Jewelry is a deep love of Jenne’s because of its role in expressing individuality, for its link to the past, and its symbolism of the natural world.

Not being confined to precious metals is another appealing aspect of working with recycled, up-cycled and re-purposed costume jewelry. “I am an enthusiastic fan of statement jewelry, which can be a necklace that is bold and chunky, or a series of necklaces that are delicate and layered,” says Jenne Rayburn. “Designers of costume jewelry can take more risks, and really play with scale and materials, while remaining affordable.” Jenne sees her work both as the exploration of materials and as the outcome of her ideas and process. “Stories and meaning are very important to my work,” explains Jenne “I am drawn to objects that are authentic and have a story. The jewelry I make builds on this idea to create a new narrative tied to a rich legacy.”

Vintage glass often takes center stage in Jenne Rayburn’s creations. In costume jewelry, glass is a broad category covering everything from crystals and rhinestones, to beads. While vintage glass is most often associated with beads, the material’s roots go back to the Victorian Era when glass was used as a substitute for diamonds. In the 1700s and 1800s, mirror glass, typically made in Britain at a glassworks located in Vauxhall, London, was fastened onto pins and earrings. In the 1900s, Italian glass beads from factories on the island of Murano became popular. 

Jenne also uses pre and post World War Two glass jewelry and components made by artisans in Japan, and glass buttons from West Germany and Austria. “The materials and manufacturing techniques of each component tell a story about the time that inspired it, adding to the spirit and magic of the resulting designs,” says Jenne Rayburn. “That history and value adds to the significance of a piece and connects us to our culture and humanity.”

Jenne Rayburn’s necklaces, pendants, bracelets, and earrings, made with brass, antiqued sterling silver,18k gold, linen, leather, and silk, also include vintage glass and semi-precious gemstones. Retail prices range from $24 to $258.

Jenne Rayburn is a Boston-based jewelry/textile artist who also studied interior design and architecture, and her work evolves from the overlap between architecture, design, technology and art. Jenne is known for her designs made from reusing vintage textiles, findings and components, found while foraging in antique shops and vintage markets. A graduate of the University of Washington where she studied metalsmithing and fiber arts, and of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a MS in Design, Jenne has been designing jewelry and apparel for over 20 years. 

Perpetual curiosity and a passion for experimentation resulted in her first jewelry collection made from etched copper and brilliantly colored enamel. Since then Jenne has created six unique collections that combine careful workmanship with unique materials and designs. It is her hope that the wearers of her pieces will find joy in a delightful artistic statement, and also something that enhances their individuality and confidence. Her work is carried in local galleries and online. 

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