The Squash Blossom will host a Todd Reed Trunk Show from August 24-26. Todd Reed is a former resident of Colorado Springs, having graduated high school here. His studio is now in Boulder, Colorado.
Todd Reed specializes in the use of raw diamonds and environmentally sustainable material. Raw diamonds are the fastest growing industry within jewelry, largely because of the work done by Todd. As he started drawing critical acclaim, he challenged the idea of what we consider precious. He wants each of his pieces to have character. When talking to a newspaper in Huston, he said, “When something is so glossy and perfect it doesn’t even exist. The cracks and fissures are what gives us character.” Like in life, the raw diamonds have character and celebrate the perceived “flaws” of diamonds in their natural state. He says, “My work uses raw diamond cubes and other natural diamond shapes. It started as a way to question society about the idea of perceived value. In particular how value and perceived value relate to ideas of beauty or perfection that have become norms of society. Raw diamonds offer a unique character every time; the unique surfaces and textures are individual and deeply inspiring. Every piece of jewelry we make has its own unique story; no two pieces are alike. This would be a line of jewelry that really did use the most perfect diamond in the world; the actual raw diamond. Uncut. Unpolished. Natural, perfect geometry.”
A lifelong artisan, Todd first dabbled in clothing, furniture, leatherwork, sculpture, painting, and even the culinary arts. Eventually, his path fortuitously crossed with a well-known diamond collector. When speaking with a newspaper, he said, “He completely took me under his wing. His love for diamonds was infectious, and he showed me the artistry and miniature sculpture that appeared in the rough stones. I was riveted and wanted to know and see more. I realized that my aesthetic was to create jewelry that would push the boundaries of what precious pieces could be, and to merge the freedom of artistic expression with the allure of fine jewelry.”
Join us in Old Colorado City as we host our Todd Reed trunk show Friday, August 24 through Sunday, August 26.