Umbel, Barbara

Barbara Umbel
Indian Harbour Beach, FL USA
We build one of a kind jewelry made out of sea urchins and shells. Inspiration is found in our natural surroundings - the shells we find on the beach are the origins of our designs. We aim to capture the feeling of movement of mythical sea creatures, whether they be swimming, plunging, or floating in the water.

Once the arrangement is finalized, we fabricate the settings for the shells and stones out of gold sheets and wires, sculpting the “tentaclesâ€ù by forging or hammering round sterling wires on an anvil to achieve a fluid sense of motion. Traditional blacksmithing techniques and hand tools are the foundation of our metals practice.
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