Nelson leans to the architectural, the expertly engineered in his
jewelry creations, as these examples show. Each piece of his "constructions"
is intricately designed and executed so that dangling parts remain
equally spaced, as well as remaining untangled when worn.
Nelson sports one of his bolos, which he calls his Signature Bolo,
in this portrait outside the Wheelwright Museum in Santa Fé.
He says this bold, yet simple design features clean lines while
also having interesting details such as the wire, gold beads and
rice paper texture on an oxidized background.
Nelson creates a variety of pieces. At the top, his Double Disc
pendant of sterling silver, 14K gold, Sleeping Beauty Turquoise.
Note the dangles that flare out and move freely when worn. Other
pieces shown include a Melt Down pin and earrings and his Squiggle
pin (bottom right). At the far right is his Chain Bracelet of sterling
silver featuring 14K gold accents and Chinese Turquoise.
Nelson's popular Galaxy pin showcases a mix of stones including
Turquoise Mountain turquoise, Oxblood coral, Sleeping Beauty turquoise
and lapis. The high buffed surfaces with smaller components of stones
and gold offer balance to the arc effect of the triangle wire.
Melt Down Series includes a bolo, pin
and earrings. At far right is a Structured Space Pendant on buckskin
leather. Small components of fine stones and gold beads add to the
sculptural, three-dimensional quality of the piece.
Galaxy Pin, Melt Down pin and Storm II pin exemplify Nelson's diversity
in contemporary style.
one-of-a-kind bolo, created for a client in California, features
sterling silver, 14K gold, Chinese turquoise, Oxblood coral, lapis
and Sleeping Beauty turquoise. Surface textures and oxidation of
the metal add to the three-dimensional quality of this specialty
L. Eugene Nelson in the workshop.