Adrienne Neszmelyi-Romano

Adrienne Neszmelyi-Romano is a metalsmith whose work is inspired by her interest in the world around her- in nature and in her travels. Originally trained as a painter, she has devoted the last 20 years in the art of handcrafted jewelry. The organic shapes in nature, particularly river rocks, have been the root of her work. Their shapes and textures are of primary interest, and the irregular contours of their forms inspire the shapes she creates. Pieces are sometimes formed around the contours of river rocks and their natural arrangements found in their environment inspire patterns and the compositions of her pieces.

Adrienne primarily works in sterling and fine silver. When incorporating stones, she most often uses them in their original form or uses semi-precious stones for additional contrast. Some of the natural rocks in her designs are discovered on her travels.

Adrienne enjoys creating one-of-a-kind contemporary, modern designs that are clean, bold and have strong contrasts. For some work, Adrienne likes to create hollow forms that give the illusion of weight, but are light and easy to wear. She also enjoys adding a patina to her surfaces creating a dark gray or black color design element. In some designs, the patina will be brushed with a steel wool to create a more natural, weathered look. Her artistic roots in painting lead to her parallel interest in spontaneity and play in the creation of some of her pieces, occasionally evolving as the metal is shaped and arranged in the fabrication process. Just as with painting, the process of layering colors, shapes, and textures informs her choices in her jewelry creations.

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