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May 10, 2012

Charleston metal smith Gabrielle Bratton draws inspiration for her jewelry line from vintage and antique lace.

The UGA grad designs her pieces in the tradition of classical costume jewelry but with a modern edge, using several techniques, including the lost art of wax casting.

In the process, she dips lace in wax, manipulates it and recasts it in metal, like bronze, gold and silver.

The transfer of materials changes the feel, weight and appearance of the fabric. The vulnerability of the lace is gone, but the intricacy of the design is captured.

The jewelry appears dainty, yet durable. Bold, yet feminine.

Bratton’s collection includes earrings ($45-$250), cuffs ($250-$600),  brooches ($98-$600) and necklaces ($98-$2,000).

The cuffs (pictured below) have been a big hit.

Visit gabriellejewelry.com

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