Enamelist and Goldsmith, Mona and Alex Szabados, live in the rural historical town of Mokelumne Hill, CA. They have collaborated to make jewelry for over 30 years, won numerous awards and their work has been published in several books and magazines, including the front cover of “Ornament” magazine.
Each Enamel piece is built up gradually using transparent enamel with 24 karat gold foil and granules, and pure silver foil, in approximately 40 layers and firings.
The faces are built up with finely ground transparent, opaque, and opalescent enamel in the same amount of firings to create subtle dimensions and a tactile quality.
Inspiration, other than wildlife and the life we lead, are the enamels themselves, and the materials we use. The 24karat Gold Foil especially is a very creative material and is important in the movement and depth of design. Also now using palladium leaf has added a new dimension. When Mona has finished the enamel, Alex begins the delicate goldsmithing that encases the enamel, adding unique precious stones, gold granulation, reticulation and anticlastic raising. His artistry enables the enamelist to devote all the time she needs to create the enamels she loves.
Alex & Mona Szabados