Irwan Holmes Williams’ first contact with jewelry came when he bought a strange ring with many colored stones for $10 in a junk shop in Los Angeles. The stones turned out to be diamonds and with the sale of that ring he was able to travel to Indonesia for the first time in 1967.
Irwan trained in all the arts, at Juilliard in New York and at UCLA. His first great love in Indonesia was batik, and he not only collected antique batiks, but also studied batik making, creating many batik paintings. His innate love of gems and jewelr , however, took him in another direction: he began using the opals of West Java in his jewelry designs, and still attempts to use Indonesian gems in his jewelry.
Inspired by Indonesia, Irwan has spent a number of years creating the Heritage Indonesia Collection. This series of pendants has been created using the extraordinary technique of Javanese repoussé, each original piece taking a month or more to make. As a long-time member of the Spiritual Brotherhood of Subud, he has tried in his designs to bring something unique and “from the inner” to his work. Irwan has lived continuously in Jakarta since 1969.
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