Sheila’s approach to making jewelry is a unique combination of ancient granulation techniques and modern fabrication.
Gold granulation is a decorative technique with over 5,000 years of history. It dates from the ancient civilizations of Mesopotamia, Greece, Byzantium and Egypt, reaching its height during the Etruscan era of the 6th and 7th century BC. Many extraordinary examples of gold granulation have been found in archaeological sites, and can be seen in museums around the world.
Granulation consists of applying a pattern of tiny gold granules to a surface and fusing them with precisely controlled heat. If too little heat is applied, the granules do not adhere; too much heat, and everything is melted and destroyed. It is considered by many to be the ultimate achievement of the goldsmith’s art.
Fabrication is the basic construction process used to form a piece of jewelry. Starting with metal sheet and wire, the use of sawing, hammering, bending, filing, soldering and polishing combine to form the finished piece. The contemporary European tradition in which Sheila was trained requires meticulous attention to detail and precision at each step in the fabrication process.
By integrating both ancient and modern approaches to creating jewelry, Sheila’s work offers a distinctive and timeless appeal.