You may think we are kidding when we call Patricia von Musulin's designs "museum-worthy" though the statement couldn't be more true (in fact, her work is in the permanent collections of The Met, The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution as well as The Museum at the Fashion institute of Technology). From the raw and refined textures to the hand-carved closures, the cosmopolitan jewelry designer has worked extensively to redefine the notion of “accessories.” The daughter of an architect, von Musulin quickly morphed into an artist in her own right, molding natural forms to create elegant and sculptural pieces that have a major sense of movement and life. Hitting her stride in the 1990's, von Musulin's work is highly sought after by fashion collectors and style icons alike.
Above (from L-R): Vintage Steling Silver Necklace; Sculptural Caved Ivory Cuff; Chunky wood collection ring; vintage colored beads; Lucite Cuff; Silver Inlay Ebony Small Link Necklace, $2,875; Green beaded strand necklace shown in Vivre; Lucite Cuff shown on model's wrist; wooden cocktail ring; Ebony & pearl bangle; Sterling Silver Rock Crystal Necklace; black bangle cuff.
Dedicated to experimentation and exploration, the designer looks at jewelry design as a one-dimensional endeavor. Forgoing pencil sketches, she opts to work with her hands, incorporating chunks of Lucite, ebony, onyx and pearls in her famous creations. Known as much for its powerful originality and signature style as for its unique aesthetic ambition, her body of work has been featured in international advertising campaigns (Estee Lauder, Revlon, Elizabeth Arden, Lancôme, Victoria's Secret, Absolut Vodka, Cover Girl, and Kohler, to name a few), countless magazines and on the runways of designers like Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Adrienne Vittandi, Carolina Herrera, Ralph Rucci and Bally.
Check out more of the designer's pieces by digging through the archives - flip through the slideshow BELOW for more eye-pleasing accessories...