Throughout history, artists and architects have crossed the boundaries of decoration and design when they create jewelry. William Ehrlich has produced an exciting, innovative new collection that has evolved from his various life long interests. His early pursuits with painting and sculpture helped him to achieve a degree in architecture from Harvard University that nurtured and refined his creative expression. He joined the architectural firm of Skidmore, Owens & Merrill and then founded his own practice that eventually led to a career in real estate design and development. He is an avid collector of contemporary art and various decorative arts movements. Both of these passions are evident throughout his jewelry collection.
“The three major elements that most influence the nature of my work are the structural and technical discipline from architecture; the dialogue between form, color and composition of contemporary art, and the interest in the forms and motifs that comprise the Arts & Crafts movement” says Ehrlich.
Mr. Ehrlich designs and draws each piece of jewelry by hand and then transfers the drawings into an AutoCAD graphic computer program. This program drives a laser- cutting machine to form the many pieces from sheets of German silver. The cut elements are then polished and depending on the design, left plain or set with precious or semi-precious stones he handpicks. Once the pieces are constructed in multi-level layers the German silver is plated with black rhodium, giving the jewelry a dark, rich gunmetal finish. The combination of all these elements results in a very distinctive body of work. No two pieces are exactly alike and custom variations are possible. The entire collection of jewelry is fabricated in New York City by many of the best artisans in this field.