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ANCIENT ART INFLUENCES MODERN FASHION

Although little is known about the Etruscan culture, their talent for metalworking still inspires artisans. So beautiful was their jewelry that it was given to appease the gods. Jewelry designer Ellen Buie Niewyk, curator of the Bywaters Special Collections in the Hamon Arts Library at Southern Methodist University, uses Etruscan techniques to craft her gold and semi-precious pieces. Using mainly ancient techniques, Niewyk alloys her own gold and melts her metals down on a primitive charcoal block.

"I am fascinated with the beautiful designs, textures, and shapes one can achieve from studying ancient metal techniques and processes used by other cultures for centuries and applying them in my personal work with a contemporary twist," Niewyk says.

To view jewelry from Niewyk's collection or to arrange an interview with Niewyk, call the SMU Office of News and Communications at 214-768-7650.

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A pair of earrings incorporating Etruscan designs
A necklace inspired by Etruscan motifs
A pair of earrings incorporating Etruscan designs
A necklace inspired by Etruscan motifs
 
Etruscan-inspired matching necklace and earrings