Jewelry artist Stanley Lechtzin has always had an eye toward new technologies. His experimentation with electroforming led him to create Pendant 4C, which was apart of the groundbreaking 1969 exhibition Objects: USA and is currently featured in 45 Stories in Jewelry: 1947 to Now.
After conversations with MAD’s Founder, Aileen Osborn Webb, and Director Paul Smith, Lechtzin was motivated to find a way to make his unique large scale pieces more lightweight and wearable. The electroforming process allowed the artist to fuse mineral crystals with metal without supporting elements. It also opened up the possibility of using shapes, textures, and combinations that he had never used before.
Pendant 4C, 1967
Silver gilt, amethyst crystal, fresh-water pearls; electroformed