The Viennese Secession was a movement formed in the late 1800’s in Austria which encompassed painting, architecture, furniture, glass, and jewelry. The movement’s most famous artist (and co-founder) was Gustav Klimt. Klimt’s paintings and drawings are the central inspiration for this collection. Klimt’s “Golden Period” is characterized by his technique of mixing gold leaf with oils and bronze paint which produced my favorite work. I have adapted this concept of layering gold patterns -- which creates exquisite jewelry. While designing my own pieces inspired by this movement, I try to also be true to the period in my choice of stones. I chose lapis and chrysoprase: both were used abundantly in the jewelry and adornments of the era.