Thinking about the history of the materials I received for this project, I decided it was appropriate to also mine from the rich history of jewelry narrative while considering my jewelry format. From Josephine reflects on a necklace that was gifted from the French military and political leader Napoleon to his wife, Josephine. While France was in great poverty, Napoleon created a royal gem for his love. In an opposite way, this necklace has been mined from non-precious materials and I like to think that perhaps this is Josephines donation to the Radical Jewelry Makeover.
I like the relationship that a piece of jewelry formed from unconventional materials but employing a traditional format creates.