Silver is a very dynamic metal, capable of many looks. Depending on the chemicals it comes in contact with or how old a piece is, silver can have a lot of depth in its design through different forms of oxidation. By: Jared Bolhuis
This shield and helmet may have had a high gloss for the finish, but time has dulled its appearance. When you look closely you can see the recessed areas are darker from more oxidation.
The is an outstanding example of the amount of detail that can be put into silversmithing. From the intricate work to the use of oxidation for depth, this is a truly beautiful work of art.
Such a simple piece but with so much intricate detail. Modern silversmiths have several different forms of magnification to help with such pieces, but the romans used little more than the naked eye.
Such a perfect example of all of the capabilities of silver. The incredible detail and oxidation being contrast with the high gloss. If George Seurat worked with silver, this would be his style of work.
This is what most people would expect silver to look like. The high gloss and smooth edges, however this traditional look is nearly impossible to execute as flawlessly as Zaha Hadid did.
Another beautiful example of delicate silversmithing. The mixed media with the glass beads on top provides a perfect splash of color to ground this piece.
I can't tell if this is a hand painted oxidizer piece, or some form of loose mokume, either way it is stunning. The high polish basket provides the perfect contrast to the rest of the piece.
This is a very soothing piece. The mixture of dark wood with the light silver and gold give a good balance to the overall mood.
Another incredible example of artistic use of engraving and oxidation. Robert Henry even utilized atmospheric perspective to give a strong sense of depth in such a small space.
Not your usual silver piece but beautiful none the less. Leaving the silver dull and unfinished draws the eye to the high gloss enamel color.
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