'GALENA' Studs

'GALENA' Studs

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  • hand-lacquered copper nugget cast from a Galena crystal; recycled Sterling silver post & butterfly; EcoSolder

  • tumbled, textured finish

  • available either in raw copper which is hand-lacquered, or plated with fine gold, fine silver, or black rhodium

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//mineD memories of eXplosive scaRs// departs from the previous collections by being more rugged and theatrical in its aestheticism but also credible by the depth of historical research and personal engagement behind its conception. The collection plays with the contrasts inherent in the barren mountain landscape explored by Melosi, which has been left ravaged by underground and open-pit mining. 

“The theme is different from the first three collections. It's inspired by my Grandmother who recently passed and the place in which she lived” Melosi explains. “Her family came over from Yugoslavia to Butte to work in the mines. It used to be a thriving town at the turn of the century, but now it’s barely a third of its original size and all the mines are shut. The town is dominated by a toxic open mine and the mountainous but barren landscape is dotted with the remnants of all the underground mine shafts. I’ve visited this place often - taking photos, panning for gold and gemstones, and learning its history”.