The Magnetic Sun, Kinetic Earringsold out!
6.7 x 3.3 x 3.3 cm
18K gold, sterling silver, sleeping beauty turquoise
The Magnetic Sun, is a pair of kinetic earrings inspired by our dynamic solar system. The sun, which is represented by the central golden sphere, is a giant magnetic star, made of material that moves in concert with the laws of electromagnetism. For this design, I created 8 kinetic rings to portray not only the 8 planets orbiting our sun but also the energy that it generates, the nuclear fusion.
My artistic interests have been drawn to the personal relationship people have with the jewelry they wear. Sometimes, I add meticulous mechanisms to give the stone set the freedom to follow the owner’s movements, reflecting the wearer in many small, intricate ways. For The Magnetic Sun, it’s changing shape continuously.
To me, making jewelry involves a search for innovation that forces me to confront new challenges. In the beginning of my career, I experimented with different techniques. Currently, I try to create my pieces by focusing mainly on the emotions or feelings that the design conveys to its owner. I devote all of my time and energy to the creative process.
Making portable art is a way to express emotions, ideas, and narratives, and share them with others. It is also a way to stimulate our senses and evoke synesthetic-like experiences. I have always wanted to create precious objects and wearable embellishments. The transformation of raw materials into something usable is limited only by our imaginations.
Claudio Pino is world-renowned for his breathtaking sculptural and kinetic jewelry designs. His intricate rings appear in mainstream films such as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Stephen King's The Dark Tower and his collections have appeared in such museums as Museum of Vancouver; The Carnegie Art Museum; Tellus Science Museum; The Forbes Museum; Santiago Decorative Arts Museum and The Houston Jung Museum.
Since earning his Jeweller Diploma in 1995 from the EMSOM Jewellery School in Montreal, Pino is exclusively dedicated to creating one-of-a-kind, contemporary fine jewellery. From concept to design to piece-by-piece fabrication, along with stone cutting, faceting, and setting, he executes his creative process with passion and dedication. In 2011, Pino received a long-term grant from the Canada Council for the Arts to attend Holt Academy Jewelry in London England, where he pursued a master's degree in the study of platinum as well as a certificate under the guidance of Master Jurgen J. Maerz, and later, in 2013, he completed professional training on stone faceting at the Ashton Gemstones Studio in California.
His rings are featured in numerous publications, including the books Lark Jewellery Books: 1000 Rings: Inspiring Adornments for the Hand; 500 Wedding Rings: Celebrating a Classic Symbol of Commitment; 500 Gemstone Jewels. Moreover, he exhibited his work in prestigious galleries namely Aaron Faber Gallery, New York; Reinhold Jewellers, Puerto Rico; Mobilia, Cambridge; Velvet da Vinci, San Francisco; 18Karat Gallery, Toronto; Bertin Toublanc, Paris; Elegance, Taipei; Noel Guyomarc'h, Guilde Canadienne des Métiers d'art, Montreal; L.A. Pai, Ottawa; and Für Schmuck Meister und Margarita, Frankfurt am Main. He's participated in international fairs such as SOFA Chicago, SOFA New York; and JOYA OFF, Barcelona.
Claudio Pino's work is always recognized by the unique way of transforming raw materials into portable works of art.