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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Architecture and Adornment at Elements + Alloys Trunk Show

EnA Gold Spine Earrings

The newly renovated Philadelphia home of Kevin Rasmussen and Vivian Su, principals of the architecture firm Rasmussen/Su, served as the base for a trunk show by their friends, jewelry designers Karen and James Moustafellos, better known as Elements + Alloys (EnA).




Clasp Pendant
The couple produces fine jewelry from their studio in Philadelphia and gradually built a business that now extends coast to coast. Like the hosts of the event, they too are architects so naturally they approached jewelry making with a balance of art, engineering and function. They specialize in gold, silver and steel jewelry for women and men focusing on minimalistic geometric designs and modular elements. In many cases, customers can gradually build their jewelry by purchasing pieces over a period of time—that attractive bracelet could one day be expanded into an elegant necklace with a mix of gold and silver elements. The precise craftsmanship enhances the subtle differences in each piece they make.

Button Earrings in silver and gold


James told me at the December 1 event that they are adding touches of diamonds and gemstones into their metal figures, such as a diamond points for their thin, cylinder-shaped earrings and pendants in their droplet collection (gold pendant with diamond point pictured left). Their price points range from just over $100 to more than $10,000. Judging from the number of people leaving the Rasmussen-Su household with little boxes in their hands, the company will continue to gain more fans and a bigger reputation.

Karen and James Moustafellos busy with customers.

Revolve cable necklace

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