Gemstones & Pearls:News
Glen Lehrer and Paul Klecka join forces to create a deceptively simple
Gem carver Glenn Lehrer and jewelry designer Paul Klecka are presenting
a brand-new jewel this month - the optically delightful Mini Signature Sequence
Floater. It's a product that combines decades of experience in gem carving
and jewelry, yet remains surprisingly simple and open in its design. This
jewel features a 1.31-ct. Montana orange/ yellow Torus Ring sapphire and
0.36 carat of Ideal-proportioned diamonds. The suggested retail for this
piece is $5,580, says Klecka, and the jewelry can be reproduced in varying
sizes and with a choice of center gemstones.
What's particularly unusual about the Mini Signature Sequence Floater
is that it epitomizes the harmony between two artistic minds: a triumph
over working in isolation. Klecka and Lehrer conceived the idea at AGTA's
GemFair a year ago following a "brainstorming session" the two
artists had in the "By Design" jewelry section. Joint ventures
such as this between award-winning cutters and designers are becoming increasingly
The combination of genius is apparent in the gem's setting, which fools
the eye. The sapphire appears perched above a row of diamonds by sheer willpower.
"It is a compelling presentation of the central stone, where there
is a delicious conflict regarding the positive and negative space,"
says Klecka, who won a De Beers award in 1989 for a similar "floating
diamond" concept. Similarly, Lehrer's own use of space with the Torus
carving invites parallels. "It all comes together in the pool platinum
reflector which lies beneath," says Klecka.
For Spectrum and Cutting Edge award-winner Lehrer, cutting Torus Ring
carvings brings him full circle. "As a starving artist in the 1970s
I got involved with Chinese jade carvings called 'Pi,' which were a central
element to the culture," recalls Lehrer. What emerged over a decade
later was Lehrer's line of Torus rings, based on the Pi concept. Lehrer
uses a variety of gemstones, including quartz, garnet and topaz. But it
was the tabular, flat crystals of sapphire obtained from Montana's sapphire
mines that lent themselves perfectly to Lehrer's disk-like carvings. "Glenn
gets a 60% to 80% yield from the crystals," says Klecka.
Paul Klecka Inc., Chicago IL 60603-3300; (312) 726-0225, fax (312) 726-4122.
Glenn Lehrer Designs, San Rafael, CA 94915-0381; (415) 461-2212, fax
by Robert Weldon, G.G.
Glenn Lehrer and Paul Klecka combined their talents to create the Mini
Signature Sequence Floater.
While cooperation between jewelry artists is entering a renaissance as
we reach the turn of the century, many are hesitant about how to proceed.
Klecka and Lehrer have advice for gem cutters and retailers or manufacturers
seeking to join forces:
- Look for artists whose vision parallels yours.
- Define responsibilities.
- The individual work of both artists should stand on its own merits.
- Work out in advance how you will market the new piece and any financial
- Be prepared to "partner" on expensive raw materials.
- Make the necessary financial commitment.
- Be sure to protect your mutual ideas with a patent and/or copyright.
- Be prepared to wait for several years before the piece becomes accepted.
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