ABOUT THE ARTISTS
OF DIAMONDS AND SALT
Our most inspired work springs from impromptu discoveries in everyday life....an old rusted steel bolt from a walk in the woods, a Japanese Tsuba from a NY flea market, a Turkish treasure at the Istanbul's Grand Bazaar. France, Italy the desert of Arizona all spark our imagination as expressed by color, shape and material. Seductive, shimmering reds, blues and greens of gemstones hold as much sway as the earthiness of a Chinese wooden burl. The process might be sparked by a fascinating piece of history; or “cat and mouse” pursuit of a hard- to- find item from another culture.
Quite happily, our studio has morphed into a global kitchen of prized ingredients. Different alloys in gold impersonate an array of vivid curries. Where a chef uses a fine sea salt, we grab a brilliant diamond! Our collection, which evokes visual delight, does not confine the possibilities but rather stirs the senses to seek more. The work is a recipe of international flavors that suggests visual delights from this global kitchen. We are continually appreciative of the spell cast on those who encounter our work, whether the first time or years later. It pays tribute to an enduring (or timeless) body of work.
Hughes earned her BFA with Distinction on the west coast at the California College of Arts and Crafts, Oakland, CA, while Bosca earned her BFA on the east coast at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Tufts University in Boston, MA. In addition, Hughes completed an MFA and Graduate Assistantship in Metal Arts at Boston University, Boston, MA.
Individually and together, their accomplished resumes feature:
2010 Oro Y Negro, Shaw Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME
2009 Hughes Bosca Holiday Preview: Whitney Abrams, Chicago, IL
2009 Hughes Bosca: Shaw Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME
2008 Anti War Medals, Shaw Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME
2007 Hughes Bosca: Shaw Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME
2005 Hughes Bosca: Michelle Mercaldo Gallery, Boston, MA
2005 Hughes Bosca Once in a Blue Moon, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
2003 Kept in Chains, Shaw Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME
2003 Fuller Museum, Brockton, MA, 2003
2002 Hughes-Bosca: Two-Woman Show, DeNovo, Palo, Alto, CA
2002 Charm Bracelets , Shaw Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME
2001 Romancing the Pearl , Shaw Gallery, Northeast Harbor, ME
2001 Hughes-Bosca: Two-Woman Show, Somerhill Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC
1997 Contemporary Crown Jewelry, solo show, Somerhill Gallery, Chapel Hill, NC
1993 Invitational Christmas Ornament Show of 100 American Artists, The White House, Washington, DC
2010 American Craft Show, New York, NY
2009 One of a Kind Show, Chicago, IL
2008 Golden Tree, New York Junior League, NY
1988-2010 CraftBoston, Boston, MA
2003-2010 American Craft Council Baltimore, Baltimore, MD
1998, 2002-2003, 2008-20019 Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, DC
2002-2009 American Craft Exposition, Evanston, IL
1999-2003, 2005, 2007, 2009-2010 Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, Philadelphia, PA
1998-2002 Crafts America, Washington, DC
1999 Artrider Spring Crafts, NYC
1998 A.C.E. Craft Fair, San Francisco, CA
1998 A.C.E. Craft Fair, Atlanta, GA
1994 A.C.E. Craft Fair, Columbus, OH
1988-1993 A.C.E. Craft Fair, West Springfield, MA
1988-1990 American Silversmiths' Show, Boston, MA
1998 The Society of Arts and Crafts, Excellence in Craft Award
1994 Inclusion in the White House Collection, Washington, DC
1988 Young American Award, American Craft Museum, NYC, NY
2004 Lapidary Journal , "Machines"
1998 Ornament Magazine
1997 Jewelry Fundamentals of Metalsmithing , J. McCreight, Bryn Mawr Press
1988 Ornament Magazine
1982 Metalsmith Magazine
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Associate Faculty, Jewelry & Metalsmithing, 1988-1995
Visiting Artist, 1989
Horizons Craft School, Amherst, MA
Precious Metals Clay, 1997
Stone Setting & Fabrication, 1996
Hollow Jewelry & Object Fabrication, 1995
Metals Studio at the Frizzle Museum, Oaxaca, Mexico, 1991-1995
Hollow & Volumistic Jewelry Workshop, 1994
Elder Hostel - Jewelry, 1992
Workshop, Fall, 1990
Workshop, Spring, 1990
Surface Embellishments, 1989
Lexington Arts and Crafts Center, Lexington, MA
Metalsmithing & Enameling, 1987-1993
Patina Workshop, 1987
Cloisonné & Enameling Workshop, 1987
Bead Designers Group, Greater Boston Area, MA
Guest Lecturer, 1994
Worcester Center for the Crafts, Worcester, MA
Panelist, Crafts in the Marketplace, 1994
Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Cambridge, MA
Instructor of Metalsmithing, 1988
Boston University, Boston, MA
Instructor, Metalsmithing Program, 1984
Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL
Instructor, General Crafts, 1983
STANDARDS & MATERIALS
Finest Standards and Materials
While each piece of jewelry has its own magic, all Hughes-Bosca designs share these features:
Every piece is individually handcrafted.
Gems are bezel-set for safety and beauty.
All gold is 18k or higher.
Solid nature and heavy texture echo an ancient aesthetic. Delicious lemon-hued metals provide a warm canvas for Hughes-Bosca's visually stimulating designs.
Enhancements of white metal are platinum.
Most designs are one-of-a-kind or produced as a limited edition.
All diamonds are VS1, ideal-cut and D-G in color, unless specified.
From natural Mediterranean coral to Columbian emeralds, the highest quality materials explode into rare and unusual Hughes-Bosca designs.
All stones are natural.
Pearls are of the highest quality, and either Tahitian, Chinese or Japanese.
Each one is hand-selected by the artists.
This collection continues to evolve and your comments are most welcome.Contact Hughes-Bosca at
Your ideas and/or heirloom materials can add a priceless personal dimension to the jewelry you wear. We offer you a chance to be a part of the creative process. All Hughes-Bosca designs are one-of-a-kind or limited edition creations. If you are interested in jewelry that we have made for other collectors, let's discuss how we can interpret those designs for you.
The purchase of fine jewelry should be a significant and personal experience. We want you to feel comfortable asking questions, requesting additional photos, and reaching your decision to acquire a Hughes-Bosca design. Please call or e-mail us so that we can work together to ensure you choose something that you will love forever.
Jewelry pictured on this site is an ever-changing collection. Call us to learn about the latest designs. While we update our site as quickly as possible, some pieces shown here could be sold or be priced to reflect changes to materials or designs. This is another reason that we do not offer a "basket" shopping on our site. You may contact Hughes-Bosca at , or call (978) 283-3791.
Exchanges and Returns
Your jewelry will arrive in an insured package via registered U.S. Postal Service. In the event that you must return your purchase, please use the same care in packing and ship USPS registered and insured. Within seven days of receipt, you may call us to request a return for full refund, minus shipping costs.
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