Boline Strand Jewelry

Boline Strand Jewelry

About The Artist

Boline Strand • San Francisco, CA

Many of my jewelry designs originate in an urge to work with form and colors. With a background in painting and mosaic work, I am delighted to explore the creative possibilities found in working with precious metals and natural gemstones. As gemstone colors mingle on my work tables, new shape- and color compositions suggest themselves to me. It is entirely satisfying to create a sculptural piece, expressive in color and sensual in form, that will eventually become significant to a future wearer.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

Colorful beads from a multitude of cultures have fascinated me since I was very young; I have memories of beads I owned, or coveted, in early childhood. Over decades, I have amassed an eclectic collection of beads and stones, some destined to sit on studio shelves and inspire me, whereas others will find their place among the stories I tell with my jeweled compositions. This collection is both my guilty pleasure and my inspiration, a jewel story started in my childhood that is now my daily work.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

Painting in oil and watercolors was always my greatest passion, however, I became a jeweler by serendipity. The tool-filled metalsmithing studio at my art school had an oddly magnetic effect on me. After basic metalsmithing classes and jobs as a jeweler's assistant, I was elated to acquire a second-hand jeweler's bench. Continuously collecting tools and new skills, I find that creating sculptural, wearable pieces is closely connected to other forms of creative expression, not least, painting.