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Rebecca Schiffman wants to produce a new jewelry collection inspired by architectural motifs on The Upper East Side.

Rebecca Schiffman Jewelry - The Upper East Side Collection

Dear Friends, 

I have begun designing and producing a new collection of jewelry inspired by architectural motifs found on New York's Upper East Side. 

As a lifelong Upper East Sider, I have walked by the same buildings over and over again for 29 years but only recently started seeing with a greater level of detail.  The first time I notice a particular carving which I have probably passed thousands of times it is like a revelation. Many designs have stuck in my mind and I envision these motifs translated boldly and elegantly into ornaments for the body.

This collection will feature jewelry pieces based on at least 20 different motifs which will be employed in whatever way best suits that design. I have already completed several pieces by the following method:

I sketch out the design based on detailed photographs I take around the neighborhood. I then carve the model for each piece out of wax. I bring these wax models to Taba Casting, an environmentally friendly caster in New York who uses only recycled metals.  Using the Lost Wax casting process they create silver versions of each model. I then touch up and finish the models before having Taba create a silicon mold  from which I can create multiples of the same piece.

Two years ago I completed a course in wax modeling, casting and mold making at Studio Jewelers.  For the last year I have been studying with the master model maker Fred de Vos, without whose guidance this project would not be possible.

I am seeking to raise $5,000 to hit the ground running with this first collection and turn it into a profitable business.  

Money will be used to do the following:
- cast new wax models in silver
- create silicon molds from models
- buy tools necessary to improve precision and speed up process of creating model
- buy necessary materials like wax and silver
- hire jewelry photographer to photograph each prototype
- finish new website with online store showcasing all of the pieces

Please take a look at the Backer Rewards.

Also, please visit my new website:
http://www.rebeccaschiffmanjewelry.com

Thank you,

Rebecca

Photos of Jewelry Rewards

Tulip Necklace coming soon!

Tulip Earrings


Flower Shield Earrings


Racing Hare Pendant (image of bronze coming soon, this is silver)


Flower Shield Pendant


Flower #19 Pendant
Picture coming soon.  Please see Flower #19 Cufflinks and Flower #19 pendant with diamond to get an idea of what it looks like.

Flower #19 Diamond Pendant

Flower #19 Cufflinks

Flower #19 Diamond Cufflinks
No pic...please see Flower #19 Diamond Pendant and Flower #19 Cufflinks to get an idea of what they would look like.

Racing Hare Sterling Silver Convertible Brooch/Pendant

Hinged Planter Cuff

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    Credit on the Thank You page of the Rebecca Schiffman Jewelry website.

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    Credit as well as a link to your website of choice on the Thank You page of the Rebecca Schiffman Jewelry website.

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    TULIP NECKLACE All of the above plus a necklace featuring a bronze fleur-de-lis style tulip pendant inspired by the beautifully decaying stone flowers at 5 East 92nd Street.

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    TULIP EARRINGS Sterling silver fleur-de-lis style tulip studs inspired by the beautifully decaying stone flowers at 5 East 92nd Street. Plus rewards #1, #2, #3 and #4.

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    FLOWER SHIELD EARRINGS Sterling silver flower shield dangle earrings inspired by 1021 Park Avenue. Plus rewards #1, #2, #3 and #4.

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    RACING HARE PENDANT Racing hare pendant in bronze on chain inspired by 1040 Park Avenue. Plus rewards #1, #2, #3 and #4.

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    FLOWER SHIELD PENDANT Sterling silver flower shield pendant on heavy sterling silver chain, inspired by 1021 Park Avenue. Plus rewards #1, #2, #3 and #4.

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    FLOWER #19 PENDANT Sterling silver geometric flower pendant on heavy sterling silver chain, inspired by the art deco building at 19 East 88th Street. Plus rewards #1, #2, #3 and #4.

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    FLOWER #19 DIAMOND PENDANT Sterling silver geometric flower pendant with 2mm diamond on heavy sterling silver chain, inspired by the art deco building at 19 East 88th Street. Plus rewards #1, #2, #3 and #4.

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    FLOWER #19 CUFFLINKS Sterling silver geometric flower cufflinks inspired by the art deco building at 19 East 88th Street. Plus rewards #1, #2, #3 and #4.

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    RACING HARE BROOCH/PENDANT Sterling silver racing hare convertible brooch/pendant inspired by 1040 Park Avenue. Plus rewards #1, #2, #3 and #4.

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    FLOWER #19 DIAMOND CUFFLINKS Sterling silver geometric flower cufflinks with 2mm diamonds inspired by the art deco building at 19 East 88th Street. Plus rewards #1, #2, #3 and #4.

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    HINGED CUFF Sterling silver hinged cuff inspired by the planter outside 11 East 88th Street, made to fit your wrist. Plus rewards #1, #2, #3 and #4.

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