Clifton Nicholson grew up in Indiana where, from an early age, he developed his sculpting skills by carving soap. Nicholson studied engineering before taking a metals design class, eventually choosing to focus on interior design at Purdue University He graduated in 1967 with a Master's in jewelry and metal design, with a minor in weaving. Nicholson's jewelry is known for its use of natural materials, such as feathers, uncut crystal, cowrie shells, petrified beetles and mother of pearl, which he combined into sculptural, one-of-a-kind forms. In 1974, he created his first diamond collection, using the gemstones and small amounts of gold to complement his shell sculptures. By the early 1980s, he was relying less on feathers and leather, and was producing precious metal jewelry using the lost wax method.
We are proud to represent several of Clifton's pieces in our showroom!