African Turquoise and Silver Earrings
African Turquoise Silver Earrings, 6cm drop. Stunning hand-tooled silver designer jewellery by Anne Farag.
About Anne Farag
Anne comes from an exotic background, her father being Egyptian and her mother Swedish. She trained at Birmingham School of Jewellery and Silversmithing, gaining a Credit in City and Guilds in advanced diamond mounting. This course was highly technical, and although she knew she would probable never work with diamonds exclusively, she now uses the techniques in a highly creative way.
After finishing college, she worked part time in the jewellery trade to help finance her career as a designer / marker. During this period she exhibited in numerous galleries throughout the British Isles.
She moved to the South West in 1975 where she opened a jewellery craft shop in Totnes It became well know for its unusual handmade jewellery, but she found it took up to much of her time in general administration and that she was gradually moving further away from what she enjoyed doing most, which was actually making jewellery. She closed the shop in 1986.
Much of the inspiration that generates her current work, comes from a rich variety of sources. She is particularly interested in cultures which tend to use a lot of patterns and decoration, both literal or abstract, ancient or modern. As a result of this mix, she endeavours to introduce all these influences into her current work, which includes myriads of repeating patterns etched into silver.
About the Jewellery
The inspiration that goes into generating my work springs from a rich variety of sources, one of which may be my mixed background, something that probably plays an unconscious role in my creativity.
The intricate detail on my jewellery, echoes those hypnotic, repeating patterns one sees on Egyptian and Greek animal and flower designs. I also like to combine the beautiful symmetry and asceticism of Art nouveau and Art Deco with some abstract elements, then develop and enhance these by adding semi-precious stones, by doing so, I aim to make contemporary jewellery that is both creative, functional and uniquely wearable.