For self-taught jewelry artist Lucia Antonelli, creativity is a boundless expression of one’s inner life. After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 1967, with a degree in Apparel Design, she experimented with newspaper illustration, leather handbag design, stained glass, weaving, and clay.
The artist became interested in beads working in a bead store, and came across an antique French beaded purse that was in disrepair. Antonelli took it apart and the obsession with detail was fueled and the artist has continued to create neck pieces with as much detail as possible.
Vintage bakelite (1930-60s) dimensions: 21″l x middle drop 6″h green cube, 1/2″w
Vintage bakelite (1930-60s) dimensions: 20″l x biggest cube, 1/2″w middle drop, 6.1/2″h
Vintage bakelite (1930-60s) dimensions: 53″l x star, 1.1/4″h
antique new guinea shell ring, antique african quartz, antique french brass beads, antique button, pyrile, pearls dimensions: necklace, 17″l pendant, 3.1/4″h
Keshi Pearl and Sunstone Bracelet
long strand necklace with amber pendant
antique silver fish, garnet, sapphire, citrine, crystal dimensions: necklace, 19″ . pendant, 3″l
calcedony, pink tormaline, garnet, pearl, antique button dimensions: 18.1/2″l pendant, 2.1/4″h
necklace with tassels and raw ruby
Raw Ruby, Amethyst, and Pearl Bracelet
Sapphire Aquamarine Necklace
rhodolite garnet, red garnet, pyrite, ruby dimensions: necklace 42″l tassel, 4.1/2″
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