Lauren Wimmer has always been attracted to the symbolism, texture and ornamentation associated with jewelry. She draws inspiration from her background in the Classics and Fine Arts: themes ranging from the coral “corno” dangling from the neck of a Renaissance Christ child image, to the fragments encircling the preserved bones buried beneath the ash of Mt. Vesuvius, to the bone necklace of a Kahlo self portrait reminiscent of a tribal ornament.
Lauren strives to create jewelry that inspires the same reflections in its wearers. Each piece has its own intrinsic texture created by the juxtaposition of faceted, smooth and oddly shaped elements that mix color, weight and light refraction.
Her “cast” collection draws from the textures and palettes of overgrown gardens and shed seed casings and pods. From the tangles at Satis House described in Great Expectations to the very real, verdant growth covering the dilapidated houses crumbling along Admirals Row in the Brooklyn Navy Yard: the daring flora coming through alongside thorns and foreboding iron fences provide the aesthetic start for the pieces that she carves in wax and casts in sterling silver and gold.
Her “strung” collection of beaded jewelry features prominently with clusters of freshwater pearls and rock crystal accented with semi precious stones, sterling silver, 14K gold, bone, wood, horn and glass in unusual and variant colors and shapes.
Her “wrapped” collection features hand-dyed silk ribbon wrapped around hollow tube rings to form bibs, chains and convertible pieces.
All pieces are designed and produced in New York City.
Lauren Wimmer Jewelry launched in 2003 and has sold in many museum and specialty stores around the globe including The Art Institute of Chicago, The Barnes Museum in Philadelphia, The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, The Philadelphia Museum, Bergdorf Goodman and Henri Bendel.
Lauren has a BA from Wellesley College with a concentration in Art History and Sculpture. She continues to hone her wax carving skills at the Fred de Vos Workshop in downtown Manhattan.