14K gold watercast ring with three freshwater pearls
Christine Guibara has an unusual way of working with gold and other metals called watercasting. She pours molten metal into water. As the metal solidifies, it forms organic shapes that Guibara turns into jewelry resembling shapes found in nature. Each of Guibara's gold pieces featured here are made from the watercasting technique.
Pearl necklace with watercast argentium and 14K gold clasp
In an interview with SF Indie Fashion last week, Guibara talked about studying in Florence, Italy and being inspired by traditional jewelers working in one-man studios. She said: " I fell in love with the little Italian one-man shops that made amazing craftsmen pieces. It was my epiphany that I wanted to form my business this way, where my pieces are more art than business....Many people [miss] and really appreciate the local artists that can still provide an old world skill. My one-of-a-kind and custom pieces speak to this."
Guibara, who grew up in Northern California, is currently based in Burlingame, near San Francisco. Her interest in making jewelry was partly the result of having a father who was a sculptor.
14K gold watercast earrings accented with freshwater pearls
The watercasting effect appeals to me because I love the natural look and soft, playful feeling about the irregularly shaped pieces. I also like that Guibara recycles her extra gold and silver through watercasting, making her work eco-friendly. Plus, the white pearls are so lovely.
You see more and buy Christine Guibara's jewelry on Etsy.