Necklace, “Alco Tassel”, sterling silver, 18K gold, lapis lazuli and azurite. Swedish silver- and goldsmith Sebastian Schildt has created this necklace titled “Alco Tassel”. The inspiration came from reflecting upon how quickly we have adapted to the recent changes in our environment and wondering what form future adaptations might take. The previously self-evident social rituals of hugging, shaking hands or cheek kissing now seem like a thing of the past. Perhaps our new routines of physical distancing, additional hygiene measures and skipping non-essential travel are not just temporary safety measures but will gradually become the new norm.
Our need for communication remains as strong as ever though, and personal adornment has always played a significant part here. We can only imagine how the changed times will affect jewellery design specifically. Maybe physical distancing will stimulate demand for large and bold jewellery visible from afar? Or the obsession with hand sanitizer will mean finding new ways of always making sure you have sanitizer on your person, for instance by carrying it in a piece of jewellery.
Sebastian Schildt (b. 1964) resides and works in Stockholm. He runs the largest silver smithy in Sweden, which is located in The Oxenstierna Manor on Storgatan 31, Stockholm. Schildt is also the founder of his namesake gallery and is represented at Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, The Röhsska Museum in Gothenburg and The Public Art Agency.