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Intarsia Pendant: Art You Can Wear

Bold pendants

An intarsia pendant is not only a stunning piece of jewelry but a wearable piece of art.

About Intarsia Jewelry

Intarsia is an ancient method of inlaying small stones to form a pattern that is contained in a solid form such as a pendant. The finished product is polished and set flush to the base's surface. This method creates a mosaic of stones that are a one-of-a-kind works of art. Since most pieces are crafted by hand, no two are the same. The value of an intarsia piece is determined by how rare the stones are and the precision of the design. The intarsia technique is both time-consuming and tedious, there are few artists that specialize in the craft.

Intarsia Artists

Traditionally, most artists who did intarsia were Italian. There are artists all over the world who have studied and mastered this technique. The two that are quite popular are Jim Kaufmann and Nicolai Medvedev.

Kaufmann and Medvedev met in the 1980s. They developed a specific intarsia technique and style. Kaufmann was responsible for supplying the shop and equipment while Medvedev offered his knowledge of color, shape, and design. They both were a big influence in modern intarsia making and much of their work is popular in the Southwest. They no longer are working together and have gone on their own with their own specific style.

Kaufmann's studio in Sedona, Arizona produces unique pieces of intarsia that are sold around the world. Medvedev is best known for his bold use of color in his designs. He uses colors reflective of the earth such as greens, blues, gold and violets. He also uses geometric designs and patterns along with Impressionistic palettes. Medvedev's work is sold worldwide and showcased in major museums.

Intarsia Pendant Shopping Options

Shopping for intarsia pendants can be a challenge. This type of jewelery is rare and unique. There are many sites online that sell a wide range of pieces. They include:

Living Color Opals

Check out Living Color Opals to make your own intarsia design. You choose the materials and design and Living Color Opals will create it for you. You can also view samples of work already done and able to be reproduced.

Gillett's Jewelers

Gillett's Jewelers has a unique intarsia pendant that features natural jasper set in an abstract landscape design. The pendant measure 2 inches in length and is created in a Sterling silver setting. It costs $155.

Stones Commonly Used

There are several popular stones used in intarsia jewelry. Some of the most common are:

  • Opal
  • Lapis
  • Quartz
  • Onyx
  • Agate
  • Mother of Pearl
  • Jasper

Final Thoughts

Wearing an intarsia pendant will not only attract attention but will stir up conversation. This type of jewelry is unique and stunning. Wearing it will show your individuality and personal style while showcasing a wearable piece of art.

Intarsia Pendant: Art You Can Wear