Steampunk High Style – Jewelry

I think it has been years since I last posted something about jewelry, so I was pleasantly surprised to have my attention pointed to Charles Koll (www.charleskoll.com) who offers a range of custom high-end jewelry, some with a distinct Steampunk twist to it.

Two of his creations stand out, first, the Cipher:

 

The Cipher:

The Cipher Iris an exploration of mechanisms that can tolerate the human hand.  Open up a mechanical watch and start playing with the guts and you’ll quickly see the inspiration —  This „Iris“ mechanism is a modified version of a classic Steampunk theme (clockwork) commissioned by a longtime Charles Koll client.  The Cipher combines a classic Iris design, with an internal rotary mechanism, rare earth magnets and a decoder ring.  While not a living creature, the little details are all steampunk.

And then, less Steampunk but with a cult factor of its own, there is the Hunterseeker (and if you wonder, what a hunterseeker, I googled that for you here).

 

The Hunterseeker:

Inspired by Dune, the Hunterseeker mixes the descriptions of characters in the book with the style of the big-screen adaptation.  The ‚machine‘ is designed to look like it actually functions.  Inspiration came from a client who wanted a ‚jizai‘ (Japanese art form showing mechanical representations of living creatures) feel.

I am particularly fond of the hunterseeker and would love to tell you, what the piece costs, alas, it is not yet in the official range of the website, but I will keep you posted!


5 Responses to Steampunk High Style – Jewelry

  1. Thanks for sharing! I love both of these pieces, but on visiting the website, it really doesn’t look like those pieces would have come from there.

    Which section were they in?

    Thanks.

    Curt – www,facebook.com/curtisallenillustrator

    • Hey Curtis,

      I have no idea. I got the images from the people responsible themselves and inquiered about the availability on their site (and higher-res images) but I am still waiting for a reply.

  2. Hi Curtis and Traveler sagt,

    Here is a link to the piece online http://www.charleskoll.com/design/steampunk-cipher/

    I don’t have images for the hunter seeker piece because it left the store, with our client, before I had a chance to photograph it. The hunter seeker images are computer renderings.

  3. Hello Curtis! These pieces are absolutely from Charles Koll — Each one is a custom piece but you can see some examples (including a great Steampunk Turtle) if you click on the ‚pendants‘ section. Thank you!

  4. ¡Very interesting Marcus! The Cipher may be found in the gallery section of Koll’s website. It is really splendid 🙂