Designs by Adrienne

Designs by Adrienne

About The Artist

Adrienne Neszmelyi-Romano • North Wales, PA

My jewelry is inspired by my experience of the world around me - both in nature and the various environments I encounter through my travels. Organic shapes, textures, patterns and surfaces in nature have been the root of my work. River rocks have been of primary interest and the irregular contours of their forms and their surfaces oftentimes inspire my designs. Sometimes the natural arrangements found in their environment inspire patterns and the compositions of my pieces. Using traditional metalsmithing techniques, I like to create work with contrasting surfaces and textures, using a patina to highlight these contrasts. Some pieces lend themselves to a matte finish with moderate patina and steel wool for a natural weathered look, while others call for a high polish and a strong dark patina for contrast. I enjoy creating one-of-a-kind, contemporary, designs that are clean and bold. My pieces are not meant to be delicate; they are intended to make a dramatic statement for the wearer.


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Q&A with the Artist

Tell us how your work is made.

All of my work is handcrafted out of fine and sterling silver sheet using traditional metalsmithing techniques. I enjoy occasionally combining semi-precious and river stones in my designs along with combining contrasting surfaces and textures using techniques such as etching, rolling mill printing, and hammering. I sometimes use the process of casting to create additional copies of originally hand-fabricated components which I can then incorporate into additional designs. When creating my work, I am "of two minds" so to say. I like the precision involved in the sketching, planning and design process, but at the same time my previous background as a painter encourages spontaneity and playfulness. My designs are able to evolve intuitively and design elements sometimes emerge during the creative process as the metal is shaped and arranged in "compositions." The process of layering colors, shapes, designs, and textures informs my choices in jewelry creation much as it does my painting.

What makes you passionate about the medium you work with?

There are many things I like about working in jewelry and metals. My work in jewelry allows me to bring my long-term interest in organic forms to a three-dimensional level. I feel I can be more playful in my jewelry pieces; each is a small work of personal art in which I can expand upon ideas I've explored in other media. For me, the act of creating and being involved in the arts are both essential parts of my life. I also enjoy the detailed-oriented, precise and somewhat lengthy nature of the jewelry-making process. In general, art provides a creative outlet for my emotions, and the process of creating is meditative for me. It gives me stillness of mind and enhanced focus, and temporarily provides a mental rest from the constant busyness of life.

What is something unique about you or your practice?

All of my work is handcrafted and one of a kind; no two are alike. Each are a result of many hours of work in the studio. Inspiration comes from the various places I encounter in my travels and in the natural world. Sometimes I will use stones that I have found from far away places that I have traveled to including but not limited to: India, Europe, Mexico, and the region where I live. Or, it might be a special organic shape, texture, or pattern I notice in a stone, a body of water, a leaf, or on the surface of a tree. My customers always come away with a unique work of art to wear which might have a special story behind it.