Concrete Jewelry Worth its Weight in Gold

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to5AM, an exclusive collaborative jewelry label from underground designers using concrete, high-tech ceramics, and other unconventional materials, arrives in US and Canadian markets.

to5AM Experimental Jewelry Concept Painted and distressed iron, concrete, sterling silver

to5AM Experimental Jewelry Concept

"We threw all convention out the window – started working with everything from motor oil to raw paint, leather, concrete."

Jewelry has been long associated with prestige and wealth. From its origins for kings and queens, to the modern-day use of designer jewelry adorned with gold, silver, and diamonds, the inherent preciousness of the material has always played at the forefront of the designer accessories market. An experimental jewelry platform aims to change that, bringing together five master designer jewelers with experience at luxury jewelry houses including Enfants Perdus' bone and ivy-wrapped rings and Chrome Hearts’ gothic crosses.

“There’s always an inherent balance with the preciousness of material and the sculptural structure that can be created,” said Quatre Tsien, currently senior designer at gothic luxury accessories house, Enfants Perdus. “The five of us grew up together in Toronto. We’ve since gone all over the globe and worked with different luxury houses making designer jewelry – Tiffany’s, Chrome Hearts, David Yurman. We flew back home this summer and started talking. We wanted this experimental platform where we could liberate forms from any sense of inherent preciousness. It’d have to be something that would let us freely explore unconventional forms and combinations.”

“We locked ourselves up in Rick’s studio for a couple days and just threw all convention out the window – started working with everything from motor oil to raw paint, leather, concrete… and that’s where to5AM came into play.”

While to5AM’s output is small compared with the long list of designer jewelry collections that the designers have worked on in the past, they intend to take their experience with shaping exotic curated materials and apply them to creating a uniquely unconventional concept. They are expected to present their first collaborative capsule jewelry collection in 2013, an experimental fusion of materials from horse hair, motor oil, glass, and leather.

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