[ available at both the Harbor Springs and Birmingham shops ]
Jewelry designer Barbara Boz intertwines the beauty of the past and the freshness of the present to create original and modern designs in her Found Objects Reinvented collection. She is drawn to weathered, timeworn pieces. Each piece tells a story through a patina of tiny scratches, dings and artful oxidization. "You can sense their history," says Boz. "They have soul."
Boz scours auction houses, antique fairs, flea markets, dealers and sources all over the world to find unique artifacts. Each design comprises a mix of materials and finishes – sterling silver, bronze, copper, trade beads, glass – from Europe, Asia, Africa and North and South America. After Boz and her artisans examine the treasures, the intricate time-intensive handiwork begins in her Michigan workshop. Assembling the jewelry is a hands-on experience. Each element is cleaned, prepped, altered, sealed, soldered and considered for its aesthetic value. Then, Boz and her local artisans re-imagine and transform the disparate elements into one-of-a-kind masterpieces, each possessing an urban elegance feel.
"The jewelry in this collection is beautifully intricate and hand-crafted,” says Boz. "Each design of the Found Objects Reinvented collection has immense character, and I love working with pieces that have had a previous life. They speak to me. I'm beckoned to recreate them into something relevant and hip that I want to wear everyday – something that defines the old-soul style for today's modern woman."