Twenty years ago Lynda Bahr switched professions from being an interior architect in San Francisco to becoming a jewelry designer in the picturesque village of San Gregorio south of the city along historic Route 1. From her years of design and technical training as well as on-the-job experience, Lynda brought with her the knowledge and visual sensibilities of an architect and applied them to jewelry.
All the work begins as simple pencil sketches but quickly develops a life of its own when translated into metal. She takes the rigid structures of architecture and combines them with nature's unlimited palette and patterns to form a perfectly balanced, harmonious style. When asked which architect has most impacted her both artistically and philosophically, without a second thought Lynda states...Frank Lloyd Wright.
Her collection includes earrings, brooches, pendants, bracelets, and rings, including wedding sets. The work is usually composed with sterling armatures that are developed with collage-like compositions of 22k, 18k, and 14k colored golds, mokume gane and sterling sliver with diamonds and pearls. The mokume gane is hand fabricated by Lynda. It involves an ancient Japanese metal working technique of layering multi colored metals such as gold, sterling and shakudo.
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