Debra Lynn Gold

   handcrafted fine jewelry

Debra Lynn Gold is a nationally recognized designer of contemporary jewelry in Atlanta, Georgia using precious and non-precious materials of sterling silver, colored (anodized) aluminum and stainless steel. Debra’s uncommon designs comprise a unique collection of necklaces, collars, chokers, bracelets, earrings, and brooches. Her work can be found in fine craft galleries and stores in Atlanta and across the United States.

Artist Statement:

My mother was a professional hobbyist. During her copper enameling period, I watched for hours as she sat at the kitchen table turning dull powder into vibrant colors inside her trinket kiln. I made my first piece of jewelry with her at age five.

Years later, life took me to an art school in a small town in Mexico where an enrollment snafu accidentally sent me to my first jewelry class.  The facility was about as crude as my ability to understand the teacher's technical Spanish, but I had found my new love of metals and returned to Indiana University to get my MFA.

Today, there are few joys greater than having a productive day at the jeweler's bench, gathering those wisps of creativity into a finished form.  Sawing, filing, forging, and soldering create the direct hands on connection to my materials that makes the most sense to me and charts my designs.  My primary material is sterling silver.  I use stainless steel for structural considerations and aluminum for lightness, and, most importantly, color.  Aluminum requires that I invent ways to combine it with other metals without the use of solder.  These cold connections offer new ways of defining relationships and lend possibilities of movement within the work.  I often place playful elements within a formal, engineered, spatial structure.  The playfulness comes as parts rotate, interlock, slide, spin, flex, and flip.

Space is the most important design element in my work.  I want my work to be dynamic and commanding of its own space.  It should also redefine space when it's being worn.  I enjoy the duality of a piece of jewelry – that it's one thing by itself and another when combined with the human form.  I believe that jewelry should be as dynamic as the human form on which it's worn.  It should be an object of beauty that distinguishes itself, and that distinguishes the person who has chosen to own it.   My works are completed when they're being worn and treasured by their new owner.

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