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Christian Schmidt modernist silver jewelry

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Christian Schmidt modernist silver jewelry

Pearl and sterling silver modernist mid-century brooch pin. Christian Schmidt modernist silver jewelry

Christian Schmidt modernist silver jewelry
The famous American modernist jeweler Christian F. Schmidt was born on August 28, 1928 in Minneapolis, MN, where he worked all his life until his death on April 22, 1974. Schmidt received an art and music education at the University of Minnesota, from which he graduated in 1956. He subsequently taught jewelry and design at this university and the Minneapolis School of Art (1956-1963). Although Schmidt lived only 45 years, he made significant contributions to the world of jewelry.
Drawing inspiration from the nature around him, Schmidt created unique works with organic forms, for which he received numerous awards at jewelry exhibitions. Noteworthy, later Schmidt himself was a member of the jury of national art exhibitions. He was also a sculptor and nature photographer, studying phenomena such as the transformation of a butterfly or the gill structure of a mushroom. The photographer’s observations helped Christian create, implement and refine his jewelry designs and the concept of his sculptures.
When creating jewelry, the master most often used sterling silver, as well as gold, cultured pearls and natural stones. The maker’s mark includes stylized “S” or “Christian Schmidt”

Archer abstract figure sterling silver brooch

Archer abstract figure sterling silver brooch

14 K gold and silver pendant

14 K gold and silver pendant

Abstract design sterling silver brooch pendant

Abstract design sterling silver brooch pendant

Geometric design sterling silver brooch

Geometric design sterling silver brooch

Modernist mid-century sterling silver brooch pin

Modernist mid-century sterling silver brooch pin

Spider sterling silver cultured pearl pendant

Spider sterling silver cultured pearl pendant

Modernist sterling silver brooch pin

Modernist sterling silver brooch pin

Spiral design bracelet

Spiral design bracelet

Maker's mark

Maker’s mark

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