There are some professions that have a longer life span than others. Athletes, gymnasts, and dancers are among those who complete their careers at a fairly early age and then have to reinvent themselves. So what do they do other than teach or become commentators? Some begin an entirely new career in another creative field. Judith Neugebauer is one such person. After a 10 year career with the Radio City Music Hall Ballet Company and the New Jersey Ballet Company, Judith traded in her ballet shoes for jewelers' tools. Combining a deep awareness and appreciation for movement, line, and balance which she developed as a dancer with a Japanese aesthetic from her study of ceramics, Judith has created a recognizable style of jewelry that is both simple and elegant.
Every piece of Judith Neugebauer jewelry is made by hand in her studio using sterling silver with an overlay of 23k gold leaf. Fold-formed as well as die-formed hollow techniques create visual depth while maintaining a lightness and a sense of movement that is an integral part of her work. After a complicated series of processes, she finishes the pieces with 10 coats of lacquer to preserve the satin finish and to protect the gold leaf. More recently she began oxidizing the sterling silver to create a rich charcoal black patina which contrasts dramatically with the 23k gold leaf. This process lengthens the production time of each piece, but has become very popular with many of Judith’s collectors.
Whether you prefer the original sterling silver or the oxidized finish, Judith Neugebauer jewelry is feminine and elegant, strong and graceful, much like those characteristics of ballerinas, she developed in her first career.
Whether you are looking for a pendant to wear every day, or a statement necklace for the holidays; there is something in this holiday collection to meet your needs. There is a wide selection of earrings as well. Click on any photograph to preview the collection before you come in the gallery to see it in person.