Oyster Jewelry Series was inspired by the shape of oyster shells found in Bull’s Bay, just north of Charleston. An oyster develops characteristics unique to the waters in which they grow, a metaphor for how place can shape an artist’s work. The design has elegant, clean lines that are based on the exterior contour of the oyster shell and reference the continuous connection to the saltwater marshes surrounding Charleston. Kaminer’s original design approach interprets the form to the essential shape. Clean, fluid lines are distinctive to Kaminer’s design style and contour line drawing influenced this jewelry series.
The oyster shapes were fabricated and formed by hand with silver wire and finished to a smooth, high shine finish. It is a labor intensive and time consuming process, but the unique end result is stunning. The ball earring back represents a pearl that with good fortune one may find in an oyster. The 7mm ball earring back has a spring-ratchet internal locking mechanism that locks onto the notch on the post. To release the ball earring back, gently pull straight back and it will easily slide off of the post.