Alexandra Raphael

Designer

The Goldsmiths Company

Biography:

I have been fascinated by jewellery from early age and greatly inspired by my mother, an artist and gallery owner. Many of my designs are a reflection of my childhood memories. I have concentrated on the technique of enamel. There is no other medium that gives you such glorious colours. The bold reds, blues and golds to subtle pastel, glide between my ribbons of silver and gold cloisonné wire reflected by the precious metal below. What a wonderous medium with which to work! Over the years I have developed my own personal style and symbolism. I enjoy creating special pieces for individuals - tiny pictures in wire and glass - telling a story or inspiration. Power from the magic stones and beads incorporated in the jewel. A talisman depicting a history and secret message if the viewer examines closely. An amulet to be touched and caressed by the wearer.

Specialist Techniques:

Cloisonné and plique-à-jour enamel.

Awards:

2016 "Bronze" Craftsmanship and Design Award, London Enamelling. 2002Goldsmiths' Craft Council, London - commended1997Goldsmiths' Craft Council, London, Enamelling, Commended1991Palm Beach Enamel Guild, USA, Plique-à-Jour1990Goldsmiths' Craft Council, London, Enamelling, Commended1988Goldsmiths' Craft Council, London, Enamelling, Commended 1986Goldsmiths' Craft Council, London, Enamelling, 2nd Prize1977National Craft Competition, Ireland, Jewellery, Highly Commended 1976National Craft Competition, Ireland, Jewellery, 1st Prize 1975National Craft Competition, Ireland, Jewellery, 2nd Prize 1974National Craft Competition, Ireland, Jewellery, 3rd Prize 1973 National Craft Competition, Ireland, Enamelling, 3rd Prize

Education:

1963-64 Lycoming College, PA, USA 1964-66 University of Iowa, Iowa, USA1985-87 London Guildhall University (part-time)

Public Collections:

2012 gold and silver enamelled earrings Musée Municipal de l'Evêché, Limoges, France.The Goldsmiths' Company Collection, Plique-à-jour Bowl1993 Museum for Decorative, Applied and Folk Art, Moscow, Russia (Plique-à-jour Bowl)1991 Musée Municipal de l'Evêché, Limoges, France (Plique-à-jour Bowl1991 Museum for Decorative, Applied and Folk Art, Moscow, Russia (Necklace)1988 Musée Municipal de l'Evêché, Limoges, France (Plique-à-jour Bowl1986 Musée de L'Horologerie, Geneva, Switzerland ("Frog and Tadpole" Plique-à-jour Bowl)1984 Musée Municipal de l'Evêché, Limoges, France ("Moon Necklace")     

Publications:

Enamelling by Ruth BallEnamelling by Jeanne Werge-HartleyNew Craft, Enamelling by Denise Palmer (1998)Jewellery & Accessories by Juliet Bawden (1994)First Steps in Enamelling by Jinks McGrath (1994)Jewellery by Janet Fitch (1992)


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    gold earrings

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    Silver enamel earrings

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    "Blood Wedding" necklace

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    Memories of Jaipur (1)

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    Firefly Bowl

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    Galaxy bowl

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    Memories of Jaipur

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    "Blood Wedding" Ring

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    Fortune Teller's Cup

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    Gold Bowl

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    Butterfly Bowl

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    3D Brooch (1)

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    Brooch

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    3D Brooch

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