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Keith Berge

Keith Berge
The Golden Eye has had the privilege of representing artist Keith Berge for several years. His attention to detail and design are highly regarded in the world of goldsmithing.

"The primary influences in my work arise from a lifelong fascination with history and a desire to better understand the technical and artistic motivations and challenges of the past. As such, the majority of my work is an effort to pay tribute to the amazingly talented ancient craftsmen drawing heavily on Minoan, Sumerian, Etruscan, Greek, and Roman influences. Humans have adorned themselves with jewelry for at least 30,000 years but the introduction of metals into jewelry is relatively recent, only becoming widespread in the past 7000 years. Sadly, many of the techniques used by the ancients to create their masterpieces have been lost due to rapid advances in technology and the ability to inexpensively mass produce items. It is my goal to keep the old ways alive, recreating by hand, often painstakingly, pieces that are similar or identical to the pieces made thousands of years ago. Although the tools I use are better than those of the Bronze Age Etruscan craftsman, the challenges are comparable. My medium of choice is high karat gold because it imparts a soft, rich luster to my pieces, providing a look suggestive of an ancient and regal past.

In addition to my goldsmithing, I have a 'day job' as an anesthesiologist at the Mayo Clinic. While I love this career with the academic and social outlets it provides, the greatest joy of my day comes when I can sit at my workbench to recreate the wonders of the ancient past."

Bracelets

Natural Turquoise Bracelet

Gem quality American turquoise, bezel set and beaded in 18kt gold, is linked to make a spirited bracelet imbued with earthy strokes of green, sand, and bronze.

Approximate length: 7"

Ear-rangements > Drops

Diamond Pave Wheel Drops

Dazzling rose cut and baguette diamonds are set in oxidized sterling silver and bezeled in lustrous 22kt gold.

Approximate diameter: 1"

Shown on our Narrow Beaded Hoops.
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Rose Cut Diamond Titania Drops

Our Titania Drops look like they came straight out of the jewel box of a Byzantine noblewoman. Dark brown rose cut diamonds 5.54 ctw. are bezeled and beaded in rich 22kt gold and accented with shining white diamonds.

Approximate length: 1.25"

Shown on our Diamond Cypress Hoops.
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Neckwear

Byzantine Cross with Sapphires

The 18kt gold Byzantine Cross with Sapphires .32 ctw. shines with purity and eloquence, a classic interpretation of a venerable symbol.

Approximate length: 1.5"

Chain sold separately.
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Thrace Maroneia Bronze Coin Pendant

An authentic bronze coin from 400-350 B.C. bezeled in 22kt gold and embellished with a sparkling vetiver andradite garnet...by Silvio Mazzarese.

Approximate diameter: .5"

Chain sold separately.
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Portfolio

Rose Cut Diamond Byzantine Pendant

From the glory days of Constantinople comes our stunning Byzantine Pendant, consisting of rose cut diamonds 2.25 ctw., white diamonds, and 18kt gold with a fancy bail.

Silk Road ll

Seven authentic bronze coins from the Moghul Empire adorn this stunning link bracelet in 22kt gold with diamonds .88 ctw. The coins hail from the reign of Sultan Al Azam 1300-1400 A.D. The handmade toggle is bezel set with diamonds.

Approximate length: 7"

Roman Coin Bracelet

Five ancient bronze Roman coins are set in 22kt gold and complemented with a rose cut red ruby. Additional rubies and diamonds enhance the hand made clasp.
Total length: 8"
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Bactrian Garnet Mandala Pendant

An ancient Bactrian bronze artifact is the backdrop for a stunning power pendant with a garnet cabochon centerpiece. The pendant is backed with an 18kt gold disk featuring a diamond .23 cts. flower motif.

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