This pair of earrings is part of an ongoing series of releases that celebrate a lesser-known facet of JB Blunk’s artistic practice: that of fine jeweler and goldsmith. Northern Californian artist JB Blunk (1926–2002) never made his jewelry commercially; rather, he crafted unique pieces in his Inverness studio for those women closest to him: his wife, daughter and dear friends. Blunk’s art practice began in 1950 in Japan where he apprenticed with Japanese National Treasures Kitaoji Rosanjin and Kaneshige Toyo. When Blunk returned to California in 1954, he began designing and fabricating jewelry at Palos Verdes College in Los Angeles where he also taught ceramics.
Permanent Collection selected these special earrings, made in 1980, to be faithfully reproduced by jewelry designer Tess Young. Young was chosen by Permanent Collection for the fineness of her work and for an organic approach to metals and ores that chimes with Blunk’s own wabi-sabi philosophy. Young studied silversmithing in Chicago and has been designing jewelry since 2009.
True to the original, this pair is beautifully and intentionally mismatched. Please consult the dimensions note below for differences in measurements.
14k recycled gold and turquoise earrings
Made in California by Tess Young
Based on a unique piece made by JB Blunk in 1980