Jacques Hemsi / Jewelry of Chardavogne
jewelry / gold & silver
Hometown: Warwick, NY
Jacques Hemsi makes hand wrought gold and silver jewelry accented with precious and semi-precious stones. His designs incorporate filigree, applique, interlocking planes, twisted wire and other techniques.
In school he majored in philosophy and worked as a scientific lab technician. At the suggestion of a friend,
he started making jewelry in 1970. With the simplest tools and limited resources, he taught himself to make marketable pieces. With practice, he feels he has become a ‘real jeweler’.
Jacques finds inspiration for his work everywhere. One day it might be Chinese paper designs or Art Nouveau. Other times a bouquet of flowers or a jewelry display he sees during an afternoon walk will spur new ideas for his own designs.
He reserves January and February for coming up with new designs.