With gold wrought into signature surfaces,
Tess Sholom creates art you want to touch.
Each piece is as unique as a fingerprint.
SCULPTOR IN GOLD
Warm and malleable but also strong and enduring, gold shines with the spirit of life itself. For designer and jeweler Tess Sholom, gold is both medium and muse.
Tess Sholom began her jewelry career in fashion jewelry in 1976,
designing pieces that appeared on the runways of Karl Lagerfeld,
Oscar de la Renta and James Galanos, and the pages of Vogue,
and Harper’s Bazaar.
“When sculpting with the torch I feel that the gold and I are working together to bring my vision of beauty to light.”
Her fashion work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Institution, Museum of the City of New York, the Racine Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Fashion Institute of Technology, and other museums.
“Gold never disappears: the gold I am wearing could be thousands of years old.”
Portrait by Marty Umans © 2020
After two successful decades in fashion jewelry, she trained as a goldsmith and fell under the spell of high-karat gold. She decided to stop designing high-volume fashion jewelry and begin again as a hands-on studio artist, creating one-of-a-kind 22k gold jewelry in the workshop.