Margaret Barnaby creates one-of-a-kind jewelry that is as lush and dramatic as the natural environment that inspires her. Her designs are fantasies of tropical worlds, combining swirling leaves and flowers, stylized bugs and insects in a three-dimensional surreal sculpture-to-wear. Margaret uses the laborious technique of repoussé (creating a low-relief surface by pushing a flat sheet of precious metal out from the back with specialized tools) to create the dimensionality and lines of her designs. Then she embellishes the surface with chased lines, engraved from the front, to texture and detail the 18K gold or sterling silver. Gemstones appear in profusion, often in tropical colors that set off the imagery: aquamarine, drusy quartz, pearls and tourmaline are just a few of the many unusual gems that appear in Barnaby’s designs.
Margaret Barnaby received a B.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design and studied repousse at Reed & Barton. She studied for one year with John Prip at the post-graduate level. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States in galleries and has appeared in numerous publications, including American Craft, Ornament, and The New York Times.