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~ Moving Parts ~

We adore the brilliantly conceived modernist jewelry line; a creation by the late Belgian artist Pol Bury from the late 1960s and early 1970s. This Jewelry was released in limited editions (often only 25 pieces per design) by GEM Montebello of Milan Italy.

GEM Montebello was founded by the husband and wife team of Gian Carlo Montebello and Teresa Pomodoro in 1967 for the purpose of producing limited edition jewelry designed by the prominent artists of the day. From 1967 to 1978 Montebello and Pomodoro worked with over 50 artists, including Pol Bury but also César, Sonia Delaunay, Claude Lalanne, Lucio Fontana, Man Ray, Hans Richter, Larry Rivers, Niki de Saint Phalle, Raphael Jesus Soto, Ettore Sottsass and Alex Katz, and quickly established a reputation for turning out some of the most fascinating and imaginative artist-made jewelry of the time. 

Moving Parts, Continued

When Pol Bury was approached by Gian Carlo and Teresa Montebello in 1967; they quickly came up with a unique set of exceptional rings, earrings, pendants, necklaces and bangles. All were designed in the same manner of the original Pol Bury artworks; but reduced in size to fit the body. In order to produce their progressive designs the Milan based GEM Montebello worked with a great variety of materials and relied upon a wide variety of the local craftsman; not only skilled goldsmiths and silversmiths but also more industrial trades such as those who worked with acrylic resin and galvanized steel. The Pol Bury creations featured tiny moving filaments that would dance with the slightest whisk of air.

Brilliantly conceived; these miniature Pol Bury sculptures have become coveted
collectors pieces.  Once in a blue moon; they are offered through modern design retailer
NOVA68.  And occasionally, you may also get lucky at Christie's.

"It can be satisfying to intervene in the respectable order of geometry, of settings, of faces and to imagine that we can thereby tickle Gravity"

Pol Bury