While walking in Soho the other day, I came across a fabulous antique-chic jewelry stand helmed by New York based artist Blue Bayer. Blue uses found objects such as gears, clocks, lockets, spoons and evil eyes to create Victorian, steam punk-style jewelry in his Lower East Side studio/gallery/shop called Blue Gear Works. With each unique piece, he prides himself on exquisite craftsmanship using classic American vintage ornaments in a time when mass production is so undeniably uninspiring.
Some of his recent work features a single blue eye, a symbol of protection used to ward off evil in many cultures. Blue's take on the locket features a carved out key-hole creating an unusual frame for the beloved picture inside. Blue ships daily from his Etsy and Ebay stores if going to his store is not an option.
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