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Annie Hammer Leather Cuff with Horn & Swarovski Crystal
Annie Hammer Leather Cuff with Horn & Swarovski Crystal

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  • Leather or Suede Cuff with large curved oval shaped Horn
  • Swarovski crystal is encircled by a Gold plated or Bronze plated brass chain
  • Cuff is 1 3/4 inches wide
  • Cuff is medium sized and is slightly expandable to fit most wrists
  • Horn is a natural material and subject to variations

The Annie Hammer Leather Cuff with Horn and Swarovski Crystal is available in three spectacular colors: Pearl Leather cuff, Tan suede cuff or Teal suede cuff

Price: $95.00

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About Annie Hammer

If Annie Hammer hadn't grown up to be an artist, now there would have been a paradox. Surrounded by art at a child, her grandmother, who studied art at Vassar and then continued her education in Paris, has a museum quality collection featuring Picasso, Klee, George Braque, Hans Hoffman and a calder just to name a few. Hammer found her niche in her thirties as a jewelry designer. For her it's a simple, in born way of looking at the world. "I envision things in sculptural form and then turn it into jewelry," she says.

Hammer's work shows the graphic design sensibility as an artist comfortable with the dynamics of form and rhythm. "I know where the eyes needs to move, she says. She mixes shapes and textures to create what one of her teachers calls "fierce elegance."

"I form different stones into sculptures, form different colors into pieces and create movement," says Hammer. "Everything is very detailed. There is a reason for everyday, color, shape, movement and texture." Hammer studied at Chicago's Art Institute followed by a apprenticeship with a jewelry designer that went to Rhode Island School of Design. She then moved to Tucson Arizona where she received a degree in graphic design from the University of Arizona. After graduation, she worked for the local ABC television affiliate which gave her a taste of the commercial world and the desire to do something in a more purely artistic vein. Her next venture combined art and fashion in the guise of beaded handbags, which although successful, were too time consuming to be profitable. She began designing jewelry, combining different metals, leather, semi precious stones and recycled materials which are her signature today.

Hammer's roots may be surrealism, but "I get ideas from unusual places - In shapes, shoes and furniture. In the creative process, however, art must bow to the physics of jewelry. "When engineering a piece of jewelry, it has to hang right, move right and be pleasing to the eye."

Although the art roots are clearly on her mother's side, Hammer credits her business sense to her father, who founded a successful steel company in Chicago in the fifties. Her work is sold in major markets - New York, Chicago, Dallas, Lose Angeles. "I have a great design sense," she says, "that's what I was blessed with." Graphic design may have proved too restrictive for Annie Hammer's artistic soul, but making jewelry is a joy without limits. "It's a blast, I get a tremendous amount of satisfaction from this," she says. "I'm incredibly fortunate that I can do something I love so much."