John Hardy studied ancient jewelry making technics from Balinese masters. Being graduated from the Ontario College of Art & Design, soon he developed his own style and vision. Hardy jewelry carry distinct ancient vibes interpreted through a lens of a contemporary artist.
One of the John Hardy’s signature techniques is based on a Balinese method called ukiran. The cutwork is engraved into an inner part of the piece. A hidden pattern is telling a story that only a wearer can see.
Hardy’s jewels are always made by hands and never by machines. Making a piece could take up to 10 months. His jewelers have been passing their skills from generation to generation. They are eager to show a beauty of their land and traditions through their creations.
About estate jewelry
Buying jewelry online might be challenging. The quality of the making has not got better over the time while the design is getting more and more generic. Add ever rising prices and you could end up with not finding anything suitable. To purchase a high-quality jewelry piece for an obtainable price consider buying estate items.
- Quality vs Quantity
Estate pieces mostly belong to the era when jewels were handmade and not mass produced. There were simply less jewelry makers at that time and they cared about their reputation. Opposed to the current fast fashion approach, life pace was in general slower. That allowed makers to take more time to craft a truly quality piece.
- Fair price vs Overpriced
Designer pieces aka signed pieces can cost multiple times more
than their unsigned equivalents. We pay not only for an item itself but also for the brand advertising campaigns and all the buzz the name is creating. Prices for estate jewelry form differently and mostly depend on the cost paid by a seller. A pre-owned Bulgari ring and a brand-new Bulgari piece have a very appealing price difference. Ask your local jewelry store about a retail price of the desired piece and you’d be pleasantly surprised.
- True value vs Seasonal rush
Pre-owned jewelry retains its value. Over the time it gets rare and more expensive. Think purchasing a new car that loses its value right after you left your dealer versus buying a vintage vehicle.
At Nadine Krakov Collection we love all the things beauty and high-quality. Each of our estate jewelry piece is in excellent condition. We preserve the history and the greatest styles of the past so our clients can enjoy it at the fullest.