Jewelry designer, Tod Pardon of Saratoga, New York, won Best in Show at Durango Arts Center’s National Jewelry Design Exhibition. First place in the Colorado show garnered Pardon a prize of $1,500, according to the Durango Herald.
Pardon specializes in pins, also called brooches, that have the distinction of a work of art in jewelry. His pins come with a stand for displaying when not being worn. Pardon is recognized not only as a jewelry maker and designer, but also as an artist. So, what makes for his prize-winning works?
For starters, his designs can not only be worn as jewelry but also stand as sculptures that emulate modernist paintings. Instead of paint, Pardon employs sterling silver metalwork and inlays of wood, glass resins, and sometimes gemstones.
His brooches take on an anthropomorphic character that manifests from the worlds of computer graphics, African culture, pop art, and surrealism. Everyone sees someone they know in his figures.
Pardon’s jewelry art is represented at Patina Gallery in Santa Fe. Most of his brooches sell for $2,200. For their money, customers get award-winning contemporary jewelry designs and innovative sculptures for the home.