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Sacred Season

solemncandlesAs the holidays draw near many of us are
drawn to things in our life that are sacred.

Eve’s “Sacred Geometries” series draws inspiration from ancient history and artifacts from many lands.  Delving into her interest in archeology, she has unearthed many repeating patterns among civilizations and religions.  Exploring the shapes and traditions of the Celtic World, Islam, Japan, of medieval alchemy and magic as well as Stone Age cultures she has realized; “Geometry’s use is to describe the world.  When we feel awe at nature and the Creation, geometry becomes sacred.”

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Eve found interesting shapes in ancient architecture as an inspiration for her “Egg and Dart” pendant made with extra fine Moonstone and 23 Diamonds.

Egg-and-dart or egg-and-tongue is an ornamental device often carved in wood, stone, or plaster quarter-round ovolo mouldings, consisting of an egg-shaped object alternating with an element shaped like an arrowanchor or dart. Egg-and-dart enrichment of the ovolo molding of the Ionic capital is found in ancient Greek architecture at the Erechtheion and was used by the Romans.[1] The motif has also been common in neoclassical architecture.[2][3]

“When many circles intersect, graceful patterns are formed; some with roots in ancient writings like the “Flower of Life” figures which these earrings and pendant are related.  “Isfahan”, as the pendant is titled, a famous old city in Persia, is graced with innumerable mosaics and I found pattern amid the tiles on the walls in this city.” States Eve.

“Isfahan” pendant.  5 Diamonds = 0.05tw G-H/VS/SI. Fresh Water Pearl, 18K Rose Gold

“Arabesque ll Earrings.  2 Fresh Water Pearls extra fine. 14K Gold.  $1835
Isfahan is an important city as it is located at the intersection of the two principal north–south and east–west routes that traverse Iran. It was once one of the largest cities in the world. It flourished from 1050 to 1722, particularly in the 16th and 17th centuries under the Safavid dynasty when it became the capital of Persia for the second time in its history. 

isfahanEven today the city retains much of its past glory. It is famous for its Persian–Islamic architecture, having many beautiful boulevards, covered bridges, palaces, mosques, and minarets, and the city also has many historical buildings, monuments, paintings and artifacts. The fame of Isfahan led to the Persian pun and proverb “Esfahān nesf-e- jahān ast“: Isfahan is half (of) the world.[5]
The Naghsh-e Jahan Square in Isfahan is one of the largest city squares in the world. UNESCO has designated it a World Heritage Site.

isosceles“From the solidity of the pyramids to the intersecting curves that we have abstracted from nature; triangular, circular and square shapes have often taken on special meanings for us.  A triangle is rooted in earth, but aspires to heaven.  Two intersecting circles define a vesica , an oval angled at both ends, which can symbolize fertility.”

The “Isosceles/or Not” earrings feature 4 malachite stones and silver with 14k posts. $1056.

The round “Intersect” earrings  have two beautiful chyrsoprase stones carved by the famous Dieter Lorenz with 12 Diamonds and 14K white gold. $2440.

The “Arabesque I” earrings feature 8 Diamonds – 0.06tw and two diamond briolettes – .32tw and 18K white gold. $2620.

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Q&Eve: Undercurrents

A new series of fine art jewelry opening on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 1:00p.m – 7:00 p.m. at the Eve J. Alfille Gallery and Studio, with guests enjoying festive refreshments, live music, and Evanston-made art jewelry.

Q: What first sparked your interest in life beneath the sea?

A: All of my childhood summers were spent near the North Seas…a roiling, vigorous stretch with frequent storms that others thought scary but I found beautiful, even to the flotsam on the beach after the storm. Calm days were spent collecting shells, seaweed, and observing small crustaceans burrowing at water’s edge.

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Copyright: Eve Alfille. Photo Credit: Matt Arden.

Q: What was your thinking process behind the creation of “Undercurrents” and its underlying themes?

A: When you gaze at the ocean, the horizon seems limitless, so of course, you are going to feel that it is an infinitely expandable resource that needs no stewardship. Most of us that are not fishermen experience the animals that dwell therein as “Nemo” cartoon characters, or ingredients in their sushi.

Q: Is “Undercurrents” at all a reaction to climate change?

A: …Not specifically climate change, but anthropocene-induced deterioration, and the now-permanent gyre of plastic debris in the Pacific.

Q: Marine Biologist & past Pearl Society speaker Michelle Hoffman described Earth as a closed system…Does this have implications in your work?

A: More and more, we come to accept this.

Q: Several pieces in your new series feature long, rectangular compositions of undersea life that appear to have a very contained sense of space. What was your creative thinking behind these works?

A: So we can imagine ourselves as attendees at a future museum exhibit presenting bas reliefs of a vanished undersea world…The series of 10 gold bas reliefs will be mounted on bronze bases, straddling the world of sculpture and jewelry.

Q: In what ways might “Undercurrents” be an evolution of some undersea symbols you’ve explored in past series, like “Les Animaliers” and “Sea of Sargasso?”

A: “Les Animaliers” dealt, not with animals, but with how we represent them, anthropomorphize them, and reduce them into near-abstractions. “Sea of Sargasso” was a moody meditation on the allure and mystery that the “unknowable,” the seven seas, have held for humankind. With “Undercurrents,” I think we have to admit that the ocean’s resource is not finite…there are not really “many fish in the sea,” and we can no longer plead ignorance.

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Copyright: Eve Alfille. Photo Credit: Matt Arden.

Q: What materials, styles, or motifs might we see in your new series?

A: Obviously, pearls, many, all kinds- even freshwater, since all waters are ultimately connected. Oceanic hues, green seaweed, corals, bright gems adorning rock fish, moonstone-bearing jellies, diamond trails of bubbles, and opals in all their shades…

Q: Just for fun: do you have a favorite sea creature, and if so, then why?

A: A quick, thoughtless answer would be: shells, based on my childhood summers by the sea. But the paradox is that, while collecting shells used to bring delight, seeing some actual living animals in their shell brought only fear and revulsion! Another marker of our human self-centeredness!

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Undercurrents: Opening Celebration

The new series will be inaugurated on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 1:00p.m – 7:00 p.m. at the Eve J. Alfille Gallery and Studio, with guests enjoying festive refreshments, live music, and Evanston-made art jewelry.

Never before have the depths of the sea seemed so close that you could take the purple line! That’s what local artist Eve Alfille’s newest series of fine art jewelry, “Undercurrents,” aims to do…Eve has taken creatures from the world beneath the waves, and has replaced their shimmering scales and colorful fronds with new bodies of gold, silver, and gems, only to release them anew at her gallery in Downtown Evanston.

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“Ghost Fish” Necklace. Copyright: Eve Alfille. Photo Credit: Matt Arden.

These precious works of wearable art cover an expanse of ideas as diverse as the ocean itself…in one necklace, happy golden seahorses dangle beneath a suspiciously fish-shaped South Seas blister pearl, evoking the joy and life of living on a reef. Other pieces, however, tackle the issues which have formed between the ocean and us. “When you gaze at the ocean, the horizon seems limitless,” says Eve, “so of course you are going to feel that it is an infinitely expandable resource that needs no stewardship…with ‘Undercurrents,’ I think we have to admit that the ocean’s resource is not finite…there are not really ‘many fish in the sea,’ and we can no longer plead ignorance.”

“Undercurrents” will include an array of gems and motifs meant to give due credit to the many creatures therein who often resemble jewels themselves. According to Eve, this will mean: “obviously pearls, many, all kinds, even freshwater since all waters are ultimately connected. Oceanic hues, green seaweed, corals, bright gems adorning rockfish, moonstone-bearing jellies, diamond trails of bubbles, and opals in all their shades.”

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Copyright: Eve Alfille. Photo Credit: Matt Arden.

The opening celebration will feature a specially-created jewelry raffle prize, Champagne and other libations, delicious treats, and live music provided by classical guitarist Sean McMahon. Join us when the series surfaces on May 6, 2017 from 1:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m. at the Eve J. Alfille Gallery and Studio. Please send RSVPs to either 847-869-7920 or contact@evejewelry.com. To learn more about Eve Alfillé and see more of her works, visit www.evejewelry.com.

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Love on the Rocks: Learning the Love Gems

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Does your love life resemble a blank slate? Are you in love, but it’s on the rocks? No need to feel jaded! According to the ancient tradition of gem therapy, there are stones you can turn to that may be able to help get you back on the road to romance.

Despite the mystical atmosphere surrounding these gems and their powers, experts say that they are not intended for such drastic uses as love spells or potions (as convenient as that might seem!)…rather, these stones are meant to enable and encourage you to become the best “you” that you can be, and consequently, can encourage and create an environment in which love can more easily happen. In fact, the number one attribute that most of these stones seem to share is their ability to promote “self love,” or the love of oneself, which is arguably the most satisfying love of all!

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“Do you need company” rose quartz necklace by Eve Alfillé. Photo credit: Matt Arden.

Many gemstones do, however, possess certain specialities when it comes to the romantic arts. Perhaps the stone most well-known for being a “love gem” is Rose Quartz, a delicately-hued pink stone that has been said to be the stone of unconditional love. This stone promotes within the wearer a greater sense of self-worth, and as such, may be a  well-employed accessory for those who wish to bolster confidence, both romantically and otherwise, throughout the day. If a splash of rose-colored jewelry doesn’t do it for you, experts recommend either placing the stone beneath your pillow at night or tucking a piece into each corner of your room.

ChakraOpeningAre you feeling downright down-on-your luck when it comes to love? Try Malachite! This striped green stone is known for its ability to charm away the bad feelings of a broken heart, and to clear the way for future possibilities. You may want to try sleeping with this stone placed over your heart chakra, which is located in the very center of your chest and is represented by
the color green.

Moonstone, the lusty evening stone, said by some to be made of moonbeams, is among the saucier love gems that you might find. Give your love a moonstone on the night of a full moon, and you may find that you will always have a mutual passion for one another. Throw a sunstone into the mix, and the resulting sparks are supposed to fly even higher, as this is meant to amplify the sexual energy and mutual attraction caused by a moonstone alone.

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“From every fruit you taste,” a moonstone bracelet with central sunstone, by Eve Alfillé. Photo credit: Matt Arden.

It can be fun to experiment with mixing and matching your stones: if you want to kick your love life up a notch, combine rose quartz and moldovite to create a power house in your heart chakra! If you find that the effects of your rose quartz are overpowering and you are simply loving everything TOO MUCH, add some amethyst to tone it down! And, of course, any jewelry combination you should choose (whether given as a gift, or maybe given as a SELF-gift) which makes you feel beautiful, can be considered a resounding success. So go on and treat yourself, because: you rock!

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A Sapphire of a Different Color

A very happy birthday to you, September babies! It also promises to be a very happy anniversary for those of you reaching your 5th and 45th years in marriage, as sapphires are the traditional gifting stone of choice for these years, as well as being September’s birthstone.

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“True Balance” by Eve J. Alfillé

Of the corundum family, these incredibly hard little gemstones come in every color under the rainbow…EXCEPT for red. Once a sapphire becomes red, it is then officially classified as another famous stone: a ruby! The difference is in the color saturation: anything too pale pink must be classified as a pink sapphire, though some rubies can be a pinkish-red. The spectrum of ruby even plunges so deep as a dark burgundy, yet anything less red than this must be denied the  title of “ruby.” This, however, leaves an entire spectrum of colors yet to span, and thusly, a great variety for sapphires to utilize!

‘Pink sapphires, you say?” Why, yes! Any non-blue sapphires, like the delicate violet and lemon hues found in this beautiful Eve ring, “True Balance,”  are known as a fancy sapphires. Fancy sapphires are just as sapphire as their “true blue” counterparts, only they introduce a whole new spectrum of colors caused by small amounts of rogue trace elements in the corundum, such as iron, titanium, and chromium.

For striking and precious qualities such as their incredible durability and color, sapphires have also earned a place right in the middle of history. These stones have been seen in pop culture as recently as the 12royal-engagement-ring-kate-middleton-princess-diana karat sapphire gracing the finger of the new Duchess of Cambridge, the former Kate Middleton. The same ring also previously graced the royal finger of Princess Diana.

To learn more about sapphires, stay tuned! We here at the Eve Alfillé Gallery & Studio intend to celebrate this special stone all throughout the month of September in several enlightening installments.