by Amy Peace Buzzard
Perceptions of value are intrinsic within the jewellery industry. From fine jewellery, where a materials’ actual monetary value plays a huge part in the price tag; to costume jewellery, where the jewels adopt a veil, plated, plastic, assuming a façade that tricks their viewer into an understanding of worth.
Gold plays a key role in this understanding. Gold in a changeable, volatile world, has remained a constant. A definer of wealth. A signifier of value. Gold plating then is the trickster, fooling the viewer, enabling the wearer. Gold plating forms a perception of value that to many is surface deep.
My granddad used to make ceiling cornices. Intricate plaster works, gilded in this same layer of gold. Coated in this same layer of value. With each brooch I have layered his gold leaf, layered a material that has now become an heirloom. There is sentiment in this surface, a value that is separated from monetary worth. The brooch becomes a portrait of value, his value, and our perceptions of this worth.
- Brooch- Gold leaf,resin and steel.
Accompanying poem-ed. 10, Ink on gilders' paper
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