CAPTION: Dr. Nathalie Zenian McOmber of Howell, NJ, models necklace ‘firefly’ by Christine Brandt, which features African Black Ebony and Vanadinite on Barite.
Photo courtesy Jeff Fried.
Dental enhancement, certainly, can be classified as wearable art. Especially in the sense that an effortless, memorable smile transcends time and place. Celebrities have built entire brands on their smiles (think Julia Roberts or Madonna).
It seems serendipitous that stars aligned to bring artists from assorted paths together at a recent gathering in New York City.
Forty of America’s finest young practitioners of dental art attended a two-day event featuring photographer Jeff Fried @ at the historic 13th Street Repertory Company, hosted by Incisal Edge dental lifestyle magazine to create a portfolio of photos by for its recently published 40 Under 40 edition.
Fortunately, an artist in other media saw fit to share her time and unique talent to complement the beauty of the models.
Jewelry designer Christine Brandt is a child of several cultures, having been raised in Europe, Scandinavia and the United States, in addition to her birthplace of Japan. These four distinct cultural influences have enabled her to create truly one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces, hand carved from exotic woods found, like her roots, all over the world.
Christine’s pieces are finished in as natural a state as possible: the wood is never stained or varnished, but burnished and hand-rubbed with several coats of natural Danish oil to bring out the grain and natural colors in the wood. The semi-precious stones and minerals found in her designs are all completely unique formations in their own matrix, meaning they are not cut, polished, or dyed, but as they are found in nature.
National magazines to feature her creations include O, The Oprah Magazine,Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Town & Country, Zink, Vogue, Allure, Conde Nast Traveler, and Marie Claire, among countless numerous others.