Margaret De Patta

Studio jewelry pioneer Margaret De Patta blended Constructivist principals with Bauhaus design to create miniature sculpture that moved with its wearer. Based in the Bay Area, De Patta is credited with starting the American studio jewelry movement on the West Coast. OMCA holds the largest collection of De Patta’s work, most of which was donated by her husband Eugene Bielawski after the artist’s untimely death in 1964. The Margaret De Patta Memorial Collection includes pendants, rings, brooches, and other items of adornment designed and produced by the artist over the course of her 35-year career. In addition, OMCA also houses important archival materials that document the artist’s life as well as her business, Designs Contemporary.

 

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1952
1948
1935
1943
1953-54
1953
1947
1940

white gold, black pearl under cabochon crystal

Ring
1949

Catalog #64 white gold, rutilated quartz crystal, black onyx

1953

Sterling silver outer ring with inset gold band (2 parts)

1947

White gold ring set with a clear rutilated quartz stone. The trapezoidal stone has four frosted back facets and a polished center facet that shows a single diagonal black rutilation.

1939

Sterling silver ring with three bands that are visible behind a square quartz stone.

1943

14Kt yellow gold ring set with a convex faceted smoky quartz stone.

Pin
1952

Sterling silver with oxidized black textured interior, the horizontal pin running through center design rotatable 360 degrees when clasp pin is not closed.

1941
1950
1959
untitled (clip)
early 20th century to mid 20th century

This is a sterling silver pin composed of geometric shapes including nested arches and horizontal lines.

untitled pin
n.d.

Sterling silver pin with crystal circular lens.

Untitled
n.d.

Man's ring; agate is red, black and gray.

a=left earring stamped "depatta" on back; b=right earring stamped "sterling" on back

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