Nikki Couppee

El Cerrito, CA

My current work talks about the different functions jewelry performs in society. Objects of personal adornment have the ability to define a person’s social status, question value and serve as a redeemable investment. I am seeking to create opulent jewelry that is reminiscent of royal jewelry but made out of quotidian materials instead of precious gems and metals. Plexiglass, brass, steel, enamel and found objects stand in for gemstones, gold, and pearls in these asymmetrically designed pieces. With the use of everyday materials I am able to create my own versions of gemstones, playing with the size, shape, and amount of the stones to satisfy a particular feeling when creating the pieces intuitively.