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Jill Sharp is the woman behind the Blue Piranha moniker. Born in New York, raised in Arizona, and currently living in Georgia, Jill fabricates jewelry from gemstones and precious metals in her Roswell studio. Designs are informed by her time in the Southwest, her love of Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and Midcentury Modern, and the natural world surrounding her.
Jill began creating her own jewelry designs in 1993. She experimented with a variety of techniques over the years, moving to traditional fabrication in 2007, via metalsmithing classes at the Spruill Center for the Arts in Dunwoody, Georgia. "Taking torch in hand allows me to realize a lot of ideas that had previously been only in my head or in my sketchbook," she says.
A keen sense of balance and proportion allows for strong use of line, asymmetry and negative space in Jill's designs. "I stop designing when my inner sense tells me a design is finished," she says. "In the end, it becomes what I call a "harmonious tension" of negative and positive space."
Bold, color-saturated gems are another Blue Piranha hallmark. "Twenty-five years in the Southwest leave an impression on you, in the very best way. Vast landscapes, bright skies, fiery sunsets...they infuse your soul with a thirst for color". Jill personally hand-selects every gem that goes into the jewelry, for both quality and what she calls, "sheer gorgeousness".
Jill's designs embrace clean lines and a timeless aesthetic of everyday elegance. She feels that "Jewelry the most personal form of adornment. It's a way of showing the world a little bit of who you are." Jill believes that jewelry should be wearable for any occasion. She designs for comfort and a sense of elegant ease, and Blue Piranha jewelry adorns fascinating women all over the world.
Blue Piranha Jewelry