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Artist N. Roach Sterling Turquoise Onyx Bespoke Statement Necklace C. 1990

Artist N. Roach Sterling Turquoise Onyx Bespoke Statement Necklace C. 1990

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Artist Nancy Roach Sterling Silver -  Turquoise - Onyx Huge Statement OOAK Pendant Necklace Titled "Wish I was there" Circa 1990 - With a Secret Compartment!

 

Measurements: Pendant: 2.25"L x 2.25"W x .6"Thick (5.72cm x 5.72cm x 1.52cm)                    Chain: 24"L (60.96cm) With a 12"Drop to Pendant

Markings: Sterling - "Wish I was there" N. Roach 1990

Weight: 90.2g

Wow! Wow! Wow!

An absolutely stunning work of wearable art, not at all surprising as Nancy is a cousin to Ruth Roach and the Roach family. If you're not familiar with Ruth Roach, I have her bio at the bottom of the page. This abstract modernist pendant features 4 3-D abstract stacking sections of varying shapes and sizes. Made of sterling silver in both mirrored and textured finishes it is adorned with turquoise and inlaid onyx. It also features a hidden compartment, accessible from the backside and where she engraved the titled, signed and dated the piece. Both the braided mesh chain and the pendant are in excellent condition with no damage of any kind. Timeless and truly sensational statement piece. My understanding in emailing with her that she rarely makes jewelry anymore and that this particular piece is a one of a kind.

If you have a chance to visit her website and view her artwork, you won't be disappointed. She is truly an incredible and gifted artist! 

Mannequin is a life-size torso representation

 

Nancy Roach Bio:
Nancy is an artist and an educator. Her earlier incarnations in artistic expression were that of a goldsmith and sculptor. She exhibited these works nationally in galleries as well as art shows including The Cherry Creek Art Show in Denver and the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington DC. She studied sculpture at the University of Illinois, Champaign, and earned her MA in Art Education and MFA in Art and Design. Currently, she is enjoying her expression using acrylics, oil and cold wax processes and teaches 3D Art at Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs.
Education
Masters of Fine Arts, University of Illinois @nancyroachfineart
Master of Art Education, University of Illinois

~Courtesy of her website

Ruth Roach was an American studio jeweler, ceramist, and educator. She is known primarily for her Modernist jewelry designs. While not as well-known as some other studio jewelers working in the 1950s and '60s, her pieces are considered nicely designed. Her work is sought by modernism aficionados.

Ruth Roach of Plainfield, Iowa, began producing handcrafted jewelry in the 1950s. She studied with several artists, including Harriet Larkin and Robert von Neumann, as she honed her skills as a jeweler and ceramics artisan. Roach was good friends with fellow jeweler Christian Schmidt as well. They both shared a penchant for naturalism with a modern twist in their designs. She was also an educator at the University of Northern Iowa. Even later in life, she was known to train aspiring jewelry artisans from her home in Florida.

She received numerous awards and accolades during her career.  Roach’s work was featured posthumously in the 2018 exhibit “The Kinship Between American Women Jewelers, Part I," held by The Jewelry Library, a gallery in New York, New York. Her pieces were exhibited alongside jewelry by Modernist artisans Margaret de Patta and Betty Cooke, who are generally more well known than Roach.

Her jewelry was featured in an article titled “Ruth Roach, Uncommon Jeweler” in “Modern Silver” magazine in the early 2000s. Several of Roach's designs are highlighted in the book “Jewelry Concepts & Technology” by Oppi Untracht.

In 1969, she moved from Iowa to Naples, Florida, where she lived until she died in 1979. Her son Bill and his wife Patsy followed in her footsteps as jewelry artisans in the 1960s. To differentiate their designs, they used the mark Roach2.

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