Caroline Ballou Jewelry

26 May

Jewelry Designer
Jewelry is in Caroline Ballou's blood. Since 1886, four generations of the Ballou family have made their company one of Rhode Island's most important manufacturers of fine jewelry. As a young designer, Caroline Ballou took a different course. After receiving her MFA, she opened her own studio, producing art jewelry for galleries, hosting private shows with limited edition pieces.

designer bracelet
ashanti Bracelet
The people of Ghana and the Cote d'Ivoire live close to the earth; their ceremonial body ornamentation evokes organic origins – leaf, vine, water, thatch. After working with Crossroads Africa, I came home and grabbed a hammer. All that's gold does not necessarily glitter.
18K Soft Hammered Finish Bracelet w/ 3.5mm
Amethyst, Blue Topaz, Peridot, and Citrine
8" Long

As the Design Director for the family company, Caroline's career took on a new dimension when she began to design her own line. She combined her contemporary visions with B. A. Ballou's history of high quality standards and infinite technical expertise. She gave life to the fifth generation of design innovation in the well respected jewelry manufacturing company, and has received several design awards.

gemstone pendant
Malaspina Glacier Pendant
Soft Hammered Finish Pendant with 3.5mm Peridot
Most of the world's fresh water is on ice, stored in glaciers. The largest piedmont glacier on earth is in Alaska. From space, it bears an uncanny resemblance to the swirly spirals I've been drawing since preschool. I can't wait to see if my tears freeze before they hit the ground.

Caroline creates her fine jewelry collection with a cross-cultural edge, the sophisticated product of worldwide influences filtered through the sensibility of a thoroughly contemporary artist. Combining rich colors, textures, rhythms, symbols and patterns, she develops a broad mix of necklaces, cuffs, bracelets, rings and earrings. A bit of history is infused into each piece as it is Caroline's interpretation of decorative traditions brought forth from many different cultures.

designer ring
Highland Cobblestone Ring
18k Soft Finish w/ Polished Edge Ring with Diamond Accent

Jewelry Interpretation
Working in sterling silver and 18k gold, Caroline adds excitement with semi precious gemstones, some being exclusively designed and cut for fine quality and distinction. Diamonds and pearls add a strong yet feminine elegance. Textures in sterling silver are darkened to illuminate the richly incised forms. Gold becomes an art form, sleek and polished, hammered and matte, each piece with a warm glow. Intriguing surface treatments, combinations of precious metals, and contemporary stones and beads are used in illustrating a casual elegance that is Caroline Ballou.

The collections are for the woman seeking individuality; from modern classics with a twist to the refined adaptations of trends. Touchable and wearable, the entire collection moves easily from day to evening, adding pizzazz to business wear and a touch of exclusive luxury to weekend and dinner fashions. Wearing a Caroline Ballou feels like wearing confidence.

Artist Statement
As an artist, I'm observant by nature. And yet, there's something about setting foot on foreign soil that really sharpens the senses. My footprints vanish in a moment, but the textures and colors and shapes of a place take root in my soul.

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4 Responses to “Caroline Ballou Jewelry”

  1. Javier Ballón May 26, 2008 at 9:30 am #

    Your designs are beautiful, bt quite rare. By this I mean that they do really look special models, more artistic than commercial. Only by taking a peek at where the trend is going you can notive the differences, but these alternative models are always needed to freshen up a bit the models. I like your models very much.

    Javier Ballón
    Coordinator
    http://www.silverandarts.com

  2. Leeza May 27, 2008 at 1:48 am #

    All images are awesome.

  3. sguyot May 29, 2008 at 7:11 am #

    The Highland Cobblestone Ring evokes a sense of quiet, yet at the same time is a real attention getter. Nice item !

  4. Jennifer April 4, 2011 at 10:04 pm #

    You are very talented! I found your work by researching a vintage signed piece by Ballou ( and I would love to know more, if you can direct me to any better sources ) and, as with most things in life, I found your work without looking specifically for it! Good luck in the future!

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