From The Vault

Kabuki Brooch


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Photo: Dwight Gooch, Gift of Carolyn Tyler

This whimsical “Kabuki” brooch/pendant, designed by Carolyn Tyler, uses 100 million-year-old fossilized ammonite shell (known as Ammolite) as a centerpiece, accented with tsavorite garnet, Paraíba and indicolite tourmaline, and orange sapphires. The 22K gold granulation detail, a technique perfected by the Etruscans 2,000 years ago, was executed by Balinese master craftsmen. Granulation is an “endangered art” as casting and other modern techniques move jewelry-making away from hand-fabrication.