Jane Drucker is a Seattle interior designer who began making jewelry 14 years ago as a hands-on expression of her creative aesthetic. Her pieces reflect her architectural inclination, her attraction to contrasting elements, and simplicity of design. “Whether I am designing a kitchen, furnishing a living room or creating a piece of jewelry, I delight in the simplest way of expressing my ideas. And I thoroughly enjoy doing it.”
In the necklace series Jane calls “Unzipped,” the cast zippers are peeled back to reveal a hidden pearl or gem, much as the zipper on a woman’s dress, when slightly unzipped reveals a hidden treasure! The zippers are made of sterling silver (925) or dark patinated bronze. On the silver zippers, revealed behind is Niello, an ancient Egyptian technique in which a black mixture of copper, silver and lead sulphides are used as an inlay on engraved or etched metal. The stones are cubic zirconias set on 14k gold or silver. Behind the bronze zippers, enamel is revealed on which are set freshwater pearls.