Design Series

“Jazz Age” Eve J Alfille’s New Jewelry Series

"Jazz Age" New Jewelry Series
“Jazz Age” New Jewelry Series

Welcome to Eve J Alfille Gallery & Studio’s new jewelry series, “Jazz Age”. Take a moment to explore the thoughts, inspirations and creations of the Artist’s Statement.

In French schools, the recent past is not taught: too fresh to be history, it may revive controversy. So my high school classes learned all about Versailles and the Baroque style, but nothing about Art Deco, or jazz. Though ‘The Jazz Age’ usually denotes a period in the late 1920’s, its great innovations in style extended long past the 1929 crash. The elegance of Art Deco, coupled with its practicality and relative simplicity, “suggesting better times”, still speaks to us today.

As a child, what had impressed me was the wild romanticism of Art Nouveau, the Paris Metro entrances, the soaring street lights with their sweeping curves. On the other hand, I had nothing but contempt for my parents’ 1940’s furniture, with their restrained, stylized curves, the symmetry and repetition of the little corner motifs, chevrons carved and inlaid in contrasting wood. A frisson ran down my spine recently when, in a 2012 auction catalog I spied those exact armchairs, an Art Deco exemplar, quoted for an extremely handsome sum! How I wish I

"Jazz Age" Featured Earrings and Necklace
“Jazz Age” Featured Earrings and Necklace

had them now!

We revere the elegance of this style: ever modern, it can be treated sumptuously with rare materials, like the inlaid Jean Dunand screen I almost bought in Switzerland in 1981, when we spent a couple of years in Geneva, and my mother-in-law’s diamond brooch. But it had also formed a background of our growing years in its more humble interpretations, the facades of the movie theaters in our small towns, the old Philco radios with the pleated wood cases, the streamline toasters of our early years.

I love the functionality, the stylishness: Art Deco is above all a way of seeing, it looks at the pure geometry of everyday objects, the sun, fountains, ocean liners, the pyramids, and translates them into flat decorative motifs that are at once restrained and joyous! For me, what inspired my current Jazz Age series is the particular duality of the style: how it makes room for both movement and repose, exuberance and severity, inspiration from current times and times past. What other decorative style can throw together speedy trains and ancient pyramids, maybe both in the same piece?

"Jazz Age" pendant
“Jazz Age” pendant

In this series, I have to remind myself to proceed past restraint: it’s permitted to be joyous, even with nothing but the black, white and gray diamonds and pearls! And no problem letting rubies in, just remember to color within the lines! So we will work from both ends, the pastels of moonstones, Ceylon sapphires and opals, and the glorious reds, oranges and yellows of jades, citrines, topaz and rubies. I design, hearing the jazz of Coltrane and Davis, the coolness and the splendor alternating. White gold and palladium for coolness, blush gold for delicacy, all are playing a role in my new Jazz Age series.

Gallery Events

Change an Old Recipe into Something New! Jewelry Transformations Jan 26, 27, 28

Plate of PearlsTransformations: January 26, 27, 28 

Food and Jewelry: the two most delectable things in life!

Come taste one of Eve’s favorite foods and take away a booklet of her special food recipes while she suggests transformations to make your old

jewels take a new place in your life. Eve’s creative insights will surprise you and allow you to recreate the old to make jewelry you can wear for breakfast with the family AND for dinner at Alinea!

“A recipe holds tradition and stories of years past. As time goes on, we sprinkle our own flavors and passions into the dough we knead.”

Schedule your personal, one-on-one time with Eve now.

Gallery Events, Pearl Society

Miracle of Refracted Light: Pearls and Opals THIS SUNDAY 1/15/12

Sunday, January 15

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Soft Rose Andean Opals
Soft Rose Andean Opals

Join us for the next meeting of The Pearl Society, and become an expert not only on pearls, but on boulder opals.

Robert Shapiro, a long time collector and specialist in opals more recently added Tahitian pearls to his interests and  inventory.  Each of these gems derives its sensuous appeal from refracted light: opals through their unique structure    retain water through which light circulates.

You will learn to distinguish the merely good from the exquisite, viewing actual opal samples and comparing their appeal to that of Robert’s lush Tahiti pearls, also on view that day.

If you are in the Chicago area, or can make arrangements to be here for the meeting, you are welcome to attend.

Eve J. Alfille Gallery and Studio

Eve J. Alfille Discusses Pearls from the 18th Century to Current at the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers

Evanston, Illinois based Eve J Alfille, founder of Eve J. Alfille Gallery and Studio and The Pearl Society presents, “Nobody Knows the Pearls I’ve Seen”.

 

Eve J. Alfille Gallery and Studio and The Pearl Society announced today that the company’s founder, Eve J. Alfille, will be a featured speaker at the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers on

Tahitian Pearl and Diamond Necklace on 14k white gold
Tahitian Pearl and Diamond Necklace on 14k white gold

Saturday, August 13, 2011.

 

The hands-on workshop provides valuable information to appraisers who are called upon to handle estate matters and identify pearls. “Since founding the Pearl Society, I’ve had the opportunity to learn and recognize a wide variety of pearls including the most difficult subjects, natural pearls,” said Eve J. Alfille owner of Eve J. Alfille Gallery and Studio, and founder of the Pearl Society. “It is critical for appraisers to know the characteristics of identifying pearls from the 18th century to current in order to properly provide an appraisal.”

 

Eve J. Alfille will be focusing on a wide variety of pearls including natural pearls, cultured pearls, faux pearls and simulated pearls to name a few. The workshop will also discuss pearl origins, colors and pearl innovations from new areas such as China and Viet Nam.

In April of this year, Eve J. Alfille Gallery and Studio unveiled their new gold alloy, Blush Gold.  Adding to her other gold alloy creation, Blonde Gold, Blush Gold was developed for her new Series, ‘First Light’.  “When I developed my first alloy 10 years ago, 14k Blonde Gold, it was perfect with more of the ‘off’ colors  or faint shades of gray and yellow. Diamonds, sapphires and other gems take on a very different appearance when set in either the shiny or brushed blonde gold.”

View the collection of pearls and new gold alloys at www.evejewelry.com or visit her Evanston based gallery at 623 Grove St in Evanston, Illinois.