Jewelry artist Andrew James Nagel—better known as Valk 9—creates intricate wire-wrapped necklaces, bracelets, and rings using silver and precious stones. He masterfully transforms the metal material into fluid organic-shaped forms that ethereally clasp around gems. One of his latest pieces entitled Lady in the Water, features an arrangement of tanzanite, imperial garnet, a freshwater pearl, and a black agate cameo enveloped in swirling layers of sterling silver.
Nagel has been working as a wire wrapping jewelry artist for over five years. “I draw most of my inspiration from the forests and mountains that surround my home in Ravalli County, Montana,” Nagel tells My Modern Met. “I’ve always loved darker themes as well, such as the works of H.R. Giger and the whole alien aesthetic. I fell into working with silver wire as a first step into the jewelry field. I’m slowly expanding into fabricated works and CAD designs as well.
“To design a piece, I start with the main stone. In this case, the carved agate cameo,” he explains. The agate carving is sourced from the website Rio Grande, which is an industry leader in gemstones and precious metal sourcing. “I envisioned here swimming in the ocean amongst the waves and deep-sea creatures. I felt she needed to be accented with pearl and an imperial garnet for a striking red opposition to the blue of the cameo. I oxidize most of my pieces (darker silver look) because I love the depth the darker spots give to the highlighted polished silver.” The final result looks like a fantastical piece of jewelry that is laden with mystical history.
You can purchase Nagel’s silver jewelry via his online store, and learn from the artist by following him on Instagram and becoming his patron.
Artist Andrew James Nagel, AKA Valk 9, creates amazing wire jewelry using silver and precious gemstones.