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 repetition of the oyster shape in this striking silver necklace creates movement and resembles rippling water, the oyster’s natural habitat. Each oyster unit was 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.