25 May 2020

Sheila Westera's wire mounts

Dutch designer Sheila Westera breaks away from the traditional claw settings and machine-tooled mounts. In her workshop in the Swiss Alps, she makes her mounts by hand using gold or silver wire that seems to have no end. It slips around the finger and holds the stone like a fine brightly colored ribbon around a packaged gift. It winds itself interminably around raw amethyst crystal, pyrite, lapis lazuli or upcycled objects. Through their total harmony with these elements, her mounts resemble metallic threads of light.

  • Sheila Westera - "About Me" ring in gold with a mookaite ball and onyx beads / "Potential" ring in gold with an oval faceted rock crystal from Idar-Oberstein

  • Sheila Westera - "Basia" ring in gold and raw amethyst

  • Sheila Westera - Ring in pink gold with a mookaite

  • Sheila Westera - Ring in gold, raw wavellite and garnet beads / "Ahmose" ring in gold and malachite

  • Sheila Westera - Ring with a malachite bead set in blackened silver, a lapis lazuli from Afghanistan set in gold

  • Sheila Westera - Necklace in gold with a glass pharmacy bulb

  • Sheila Westera - "Embrace" ring in gold and a natural turquoise / Ring in gold and raw chrysoprase

  • Designer Sheila Westera in her workshop

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