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inspired by nature

December 17, 2012


Cumberland Island, the barrier island on the Georgia coast, plays a big role in the work of jewelry designer Janet “Gogo” Ferguson.

The island is her home. But it is also a place where she finds inspiration – from the bones of animals to the shells and seaweed that is washed ashore — for her elegant and eclectic works of wearable art.

A Carnegie descendent, Ferguson has designed jewelry for the rich and famous, including the wedding bands for the late John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, who were married on the island.

Now one of Ferguson’s new pieces, the Oxidized Seaweed Cuff, is available the gift shop at the High Museum of Art, 1280 Peachtree St., in Atlanta.

The cuff ($100, pictured above) is handcrafted in Alpaca, a metal alloy that is a combination of copper and nickel.

Also for sale are her coastal-themed ornaments ($25 each & shown below). Choose a sand dollar, starfish, bean pod or clam shell.

The gift shop items are being offered in conjunction with the exhibit, “Gogo: Nature Transformed” at the High Museum from Jan. 19 to June 23. The exhibition will feature 63 of her works, including a new piece for the museum: a six-by-eight-foot wall sculpture inspired by sea weed.

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