Photos by Jenna Westbrook Photography
Night Fox at the Academies
Did you guys know Night Fox Jewelry went to the Academy Awards...SIX months ago? Yes, I'm a little behind posting this news, but as you can see from the photos, I had a good excuse to be distracted from my job this year. Check out all the great people we met at the Secret Room Events Gift Suite honoring the 87th annual Academy Awards, and be sure to get your glamour on here!
Photos by Jenna Westbrook Photography
Kimberly Wyatt, Former Member of the Pussycat Dolls, Wears Night Fox Jewelry in This Week's Issue of Hello! Magazine
Check out the August 25th issue of Hello! magazine to see ex-Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt sporting the oh-so-elegant Luna Vermeil Collar Necklace! Want to dress like the stars? Get yours here.
Night Fox Jewelry is going to the Golden Globes, and you can too! The pieces listed below will be featured in the DPA Gift Lounge for Golden Globe nominees this weekend. That means any actor nominated for an award this year or a Golden Globes presenter can receive a gift from Night Fox Jewelry. They can also borrow pieces to wear for press events, after parties, and the red carpet. To vamp up your Hollywood Style, just click on the product images below for purchasing information!
Night Fox in British GQ!!!
Here is the current issue of British GQ (we love Sherlock!!!!). The left is the cover, and the right is an article featuring Night Fox Jewelry - Modern elegance crafted by hand inside THIS issue!!!!!! Not a bad way to start the new year.
Check out Boticca's Designer Spotlight of Night Fox Jewelry below, and click here to visit Night Fox on Boticca.
From water’s movements to the moon’s surface, there is an otherworldly quality to Kate Finley’s inspiration. In a way, her jewelry collection was formed years ago, with an astronomy course in which she “held” a projected image of the moon in her hands. “I can’t quite explain the sensation other than that it was a bit surreal and totally magical,” Kate says. Soon after, she embarked on her first-ever journey alone, a solo trip to Kenya. “Knowing that my family could see the moon too was comforting in a way, even if it wasn’t at the same time. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, how foreign your surroundings, how upside down you might feel, at some point during the day or night you can usually catch a glimpse of the moon.” Using the laborious reticulation process, Kate aims to capture the surface of the moon, as well as the constantly shifting surface of the sea. “I find water soothing to my soul, and I like the interconnectedness that the tidal pulls from the moon creates on earth.” By repeatedly heating and cooling sheets of metal, Kate creates textured jewels as unique as fingerprints.
A Chat with Boticca.com
Boticca.com: Kate, what drew you to jewelry design?
Kate: I’d have to say that I stumbled into jewelry design by pure accident. I was working a regular desk job post-college and took a metalsmithing class at the local community college just for something to do in the evenings. It didn’t take long for me to fall in love with this particular creative outlet and it was barely a year before I quit my job to pursue jewelry design full time. I love the diversity of this artistic medium, and I love that it continues to be challenging even years later. There are so many different fabrication and casting techniques—some people spend a lifetime mastering just one skill—that I never get tired of being in my studio.
Boticca.com: You are inspired by the moon. Tell me about your experience “holding” the moon and talk a bit about why you feel so connected to it.
Kate: I should mention I’m also inspired by water, but I suppose the two are connected. My first year in college we had an astronomy lab during a full moon one night. It was too bright to see anything through the telescope so we removed the eye pieces and took turns projecting the lighted image of the moon into the palms of our hands. The image was so detailed that it was exactly like looking at the moon directly. I can’t quite explain the sensation other than that it was a bit surreal and totally magical. Not long after that experience I took some time off from school and took my first solo trip without my family to Kenya. Being on the Equator was the first time I had been so far south too and the stars are of course different than in the Northern Hemisphere. Knowing that my family could see the moon too was comforting in a way, even if it wasn’t at the same time. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, how foreign your surroundings, how upside down you might feel, at some point during the day or night you can usually catch a glimpse of the moon. It’s a comforting constant.
The Luna Collection is based on lunar textures, but on water textures as well. Growing up and living in a land-locked area often leaves me longing for the ocean. I find water soothing to my soul, and I like the interconnectedness that the tidal pulls from the moon creates on earth.
Boticca.com: How do you create the textured surface on your jewelry?
Kate: The art of reticulation is a process of manipulating metal with high heat to create craters, ridges, and valleys into virtual lunar landscapes. Sheet metal is heated a minimum of 5 times to about 800 degrees (F) and cleaned in between each heating (tedious!). After that, I apply a high torch heat to bring the metal up to just below melting point and then rapidly withdraw the torch. That rapid cooling causes the top surface of the metal to constrict, which is what creates the texture. While it’s actually a highly technical process, the outcome is completely organic and impossible to control. Although the overall aesthetic is consistent, the more subtle variations are infinite, which helps keep the process fresh and exciting.
What Exactly is Vermeil?
There are a lot of different metals out there, and sometimes it can be confusing when trying to tell the difference. Vermeil (pronounced vur-may) is a heavy gold plate over sterling silver. A typical example is sterling silver plated with 14 carat (58%) gold. In order for an item to be considered vermeil, the gold must be at least 10 carat (42%) and be a minimum of 2.5 microns thick. In the US, sterling silver covered with a base metal, or any other plain base metal, plated with gold cannot be sold as vermeil.
Vermeil is produced by coating sterling silver with carat gold using the process of electrolysis -- an electricity in an acid bath -- to attach the gold to sterling. This 2.5 micron (100 millionths of an inch) thick layer of gold is significantly heavier than the gold applied to base metal using an electroplating process (only 0.175 microns or 7 millionths of an inch), and is therefore much more durable.
Any of Night Fox's silver pieces can be done in vermeil. So if you are wondering whether a vermeil piece is worth the investment, be assured that you will have a lovely, high quality piece that can last for generations.
Sources: Wikipedia, Red Sky Plating, BondedInfo.com
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