The Beauty of Wearable Art
A beautiful and distinctive piece of jewelry can inspire the same sense of awe and thrill as a painting by one of the great masters like Monet. That's especially true when the designer is passionate about creating one-of-a-kind jewelry that you can wear and enjoy for a lifetime.
"Hand-crafted organic, wearable art that captures an emotional feeling," is how Owen Sweet describes his stunning collection of rings, necklaces, pendants, bracelets and earrings, all found on display at a unique gallery in North Redington Beach. Owen Sweet Design Studio and Gallery just might be one of Tampa Bay's best kept secrets.
A native of South Africa, Owen trained under some of the best European designers before going on his own. He has an amazing ability to transform his own or a client's vision into a customized piece that will be found no where else. After an initial discussion, he hand sketches several designs; then casts them in wax before proceeding to the finished piece.
Owen is probably best known for his strong, sleek, geometric designs that might be described as mini-sculptural art. But he is also infatuated with frogs, geckos and sea life. Porcelain miniatures are sprinkled throughout the gallery and can be found on pendants and bracelets. This year, one of the newest designs, a dazzling ring in white gold and diamonds with five, slender bands studded with diamonds and colored sapphires, captures a whimsical fantasy like something from Cirque du Soleil.
Owen has served as an instructor at the Gulf Coast Museum of Art in Largo, and last year won a prize for "Red Romance," an outstanding original design that blends 14K gold, carnelian beads, pearls and semi-precious stones in a spectacular necklace on display in his gallery.
If you are looking for an enjoyable and artistic experience, where the individual — never the mass produced — is showcased, put this gallery on your list.
Owen Sweet Design Studio and Gallery, 16701 Gulf Boulevard, North Redington Beach. www.ohsosweet.com. Or call 727-392-6936.
Published in Atlantis Magazine, 2007.