John Bryan modernist silver jewelry
John Bryan modernist silver jewelry (1950-60s)
Born in the late 19th century in North Carolina, John W. Bryan (February 5, 1897 – March 26, 1982) might have remained unknown to the general public if he had not changed his life already in adulthood.
After working as a teacher and journalist in New York City, 50-year-old John Bryan turned his fortunes around when he returned to his native Asheville, North Carolina. It is about such people that they say that a talented person is talented in everything.
With his artistic ability and passion for jewelry, he became one of the modernists who pioneered wearable art in North Carolina. Noteworthy, Brian discovered the beauty of jewelry by creating them from more accessible materials than gold. Traditionally, the designer used sterling silver, copper, sometimes bright enamel, and marked his pieces “Bryan”. Today, Brian’s jewelry is highly collectible.
John Bryan made jewelry until his retirement in the 1960s. He died at the age of 85.