Peggy Skemp has a knack for turning things that are usually considered creepy into beautiful, detailed jewelry. Anatomical hearts, musculature, lungs, brains, tentacles, squid, octopus and fungi are hand cast in everything from 18k gold to bronze.
All types of sterling – high polished, antiqued and blackened as well as bronze versions of her pieces are available. Some are even studded with diamonds or gemstones.
Lung locket necklace:
Lung pendant necklace closed and open on model:
Anatomical heart pendants, lockets and rings:
Thigh muscles pendant necklace:
Muscle rings and pendants:
Dendrite and Neuron necklaces and bracelet:
Blackened sterling silver tentacle pendant with diamonds:
Blackened Silver tentacle ring with diamonds:
Sterling Silver tentacles rings:
Sterling tentacle stack rings, without and with diamonds:
Sterling squid rings:
Sterling octopus ring with gemstone eyes:
Sterling silver tentacle earrings with and without gemstones:
Blackened sterling silver tentacle earrings:
Peggy learned metalsmithing and gemology at The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) before going on to earn a BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where her focus was sustainable design. In between, she also studied natural science at De Paul. Having grown up in rural southeastern Minnesota, she currently lives and works in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood, at home in her menagerie of ungovernable succulents, cacti, and hanging ferns.