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2013/81/1 Necklace, 'Blossom', sterling silver / silver / gold / steel, designed and made by Joungmee Do, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2011. Click to enlarge.

'Blossom' necklace by Joungmee Do

Designed
This necklace, titled 'Blossom', designed and made by Joungmee Do (b.1966), is a fine example of contemporary Australian jewellery, demonstrating Do's highly refined metalworking techniques. Do, who was born in Korea and migrated to Australia in 1997, is one of only a few jewellers worldwide proficient in the traditional Korean metal techniques of 'jjoeumipsa (metal inlay)', which she spent some years perfecting under the tutelage of the Korean master Kyo Joon Choi. Do studied at Kookmin …

Summary

Object No.

2013/81/1

Object Statement

Necklace, 'Blossom', sterling silver / silver / gold / steel, designed and made by Joungmee Do, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 2011

Physical Description

Necklace consisting of a shield shaped pendant suspended from steel and silver chain of fourteen elongated links. Four of the links are steel and decorated with a flower motif in the middle of each pair. Chain attaches at upper right and left of pendant. Pendant features raised black and gold openwork flower and leaf motifs in front of a gold background which has been mounted on black steel. Surface of both the flowers and gold background display the metalworking technique of 'jjoeumipsa' or chiselled inlay, giving a crosshatched effect to the surfaces. Necklace secures with spring ring clasp at centre back.

Marks

Makers mark, stamped on silver tag hanging from chain at centre back, 'do' and 'DO' inside oval
Silver mark, stamped on silver tag hanging from chain at centre back, '925' inside oval

Dimensions

Height

350 mm

Width

75 mm

Depth

15 mm

Production

Notes

Made by Joungmee Do (b. 1966). Do uses a traditional Korean metal working technique called 'jjoeumipsa (chiselled inlay)' to create innovative and contemporary designs. 'Jjoeumipsa' involves chiselling the entire surface of the body of the work before inlaying it with silver or gold wire as decoration. The surface is chiselled four times in different directions; horizontal, vertical, and diagonally in both directions. Silver wire is 'sewn' into the chiselled surface using a small hammer. The tracery of chiselling on the surface gives a beautiful texture and the decoration of silver wire looks like embroidery. The technique is labour intensive, and the chiselling must reflect the fineness of the silver wire to be used in the work.

History

Notes

This necklace was presented at the Joungmee Do's solo exhibition titled 'Longevity' at the e.g.etal gallery, Melbourne in June 2011.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased with funds from the Yasuko Myer Bequest, 2013

Acquisition Date

19 September 2013

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Blossom' necklace by Joungmee Do 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 2 August 2021, <https://ma.as/467148>

Wikipedia

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