sterling silver, natural black horn, brass rivets.
10 x 3.5 x 0.5cm
These earrings are very light weight. They are made out of black cow horn that has been sourced from renewable resources. It is recycling a waste product from the meat industry and as a result preventing it from ending up in the landfill.
Valeria Martz cannot remember a time when she did not have a passion for jewellery. She was always looking for that unique piece to add to her collection, searching and gathering little pieces of art for inspiration and to cherish.
She has also been fascinated with the use of organic materials, in particular horn, in the creation of objects and artifacts since ancient times. Valeria has been able to unify these two passions in her work and explore the interplay between horn and metal. Both are very versatile materials that can be transformed using traditional techniques to create contemporary pieces.
Horn has the unique property of becoming malleable when heat is applied, and it is often referred to as the plastic of the Middle Ages. All raw horns used in her jewellery are sourced ethically. She believes that using controlled, organic raw materials preserves a long tradition of native artisans that for generations used horn and bone in an ecologically harmonious manner.
She likes to play with geometric forms in her designs, searching for equilibrium and perfection. Other days, she goes with free form. She loves this dance between asymmetry and balance. Inspiration from Art Deco, mid-century modernist jewellers, and her travels around the world makes her work sometimes a bit eclectic. That is how she sees life, ever-changing with contradictions and contrasts, never
boring or repetitive.
She thinks of jewellery not only as a personal adornment, but also as an artform. A one-of-a-kind piece can help people express the uniqueness in themselves. With that intention her mind, she handcrafts all her pieces from her studio in the Highlands of Southern
Vancouver Island off the West Coast of Canada.