Moty, Eleanor - Negative Crystal Brooch

Eleanor Moty Negative Crystal

Looking into an Eleanor Moty brooch is like gazing at a landscape or standing in a grand architectural space. Combining unparalleled craftsmanship and attention to detail with a spare, sculptural design esthetic, she creates magical brooches that begin with a specially selected single quartz crystal. - Bonnie Levine, Hedone Gallery

It’s the quartz stone, ground by Tom Munsteiner, which draws your eye to the core of this piece and its central stone which is surrounded by flat planes of silver and gold. Moty's designs can be traced to the natural world that captivated her as a child in rural Illinois, where seasons shifted the land's color and texture against a flat horizon. Today, the mountains near her home in Arizona provide a diametrically opposed topographical source of inspiration.

Her brooches can be found in permanent collections at places like the Renwick Gallery, Boston's Museum of Fine Arts, and the Racine Art Museum.

(Quartz by Tom Munsteiner, Germany)

Materials: Sterling silver, 18K gold, negative quartz crystal
Size: 2-1/8 x 2-1/8 inches
Year: 2013