Martin L. Bernstein

"These are the adornments that we use to dress ourselves up with and or our loved ones in order to exalt the feelings and emotions that we feel toward ourselves and our loved ones. Though the jewelry and the objects are reconstructed with societal’s “precious” elements such as gold and silver and gemstones they are basically reconstructed in the same ways as all my other works. They are tied together with elements both old and new, tarnished and shiny, precious and mundane, all together evoking the appearance of being broken, tangled, forgotten, or uncared for; but then, like a lost treasure found and rediscovered the newly appreciated and conserved works of art carry a new weight of information about there intrinsic preciousness that they now seem to possess anew." - Martin L. Bernstein