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Found objects combined to make unique, eye-catching jewelry on display at Kent State University Muse

by April Helms | Special Products Editor Published: January 31, 2014 12:00 AM
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An old chandelier. Large hoop earrings. Milagros. Shoe buttons.

These items and more have been used by Arthur Koby, an architect, sculpture and jeweler, to create a variety of unique and bold necklaces. More than 40 necklaces, plus other items, are currently on display at the Kent State University Museum through Oct. 5.

"These are salt and pepper shakers," said Jean Druesedow, director at the Kent State University Museum, indicating one of the necklaces. "He found these in a market. He makes his jewelry from found objects."

Another necklace Druesedow points features Mississippi River pearl shoe buttons.

"These are shoe buttons found in the Mississippi river," she said. "Koby was traveling and discovered a half barrel of shoe buttons and bought them."

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These necklaces are not for the faint of heart, but for those who want to stand out, Druesedow said. However, the pieces can be surprisingly comfortable to wear.

"Some of them are heavy to hold in the hand, but they are well-balanced," Druesedow said. "Koby used his architectural background in designing these. They are well-balanced, and don't feel heavy to wear."

The Kent State University Museum is at 515 Hilltop Drive and is open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 4:45 p.m. It is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors 55 and older, and $3 for children ages 7 to 18. Children younger than 7 are free, and admission is free for all on Sundays.

Call 330-672-3218 or visit the museum's website at www.kent.edu/museum for details.

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