"Catena" Necklace

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"Catena" Necklace

Jewelry and Adornments; necklaces
Stainless steel infiltrated with bronze
Open: 11 × 9 × 1/2 in. (27.94 × 22.86 × 1.27 cm) Diameter (Closed): 8 1/4 in. (20.96 cm)
Gift of Deborah and Mark Attanasio and Heidi Wettenhall and Said Saffari through the 2017 Decorative Arts and Design Acquisition Committee (DA²) (M.2017.71)
Not currently on public view

Curator Notes

As principal of the firm Oyler Wu Collaborative, Los Angeles-based architect and designer Jenny Wu is known for using emerging technologies to push the boundaries of design and architecture. Wu founded the LACE line of 3D-printed jewelry in 2014 after enthusiastic response to a one-off piece she designed. The jewelry translates the complex, line-based geometries of Oyler Wu’s architectural projects into jewelry and brings a high level of technical skill to the crowded 3D-printing field. The Catena necklace is her most sophisticated design to date, both conceptually and technically. The piece is designed in Autodesk Maya and printed in stainless steel infiltrated with bronze using the binder jetting process, which allows for extremely high resolution. The complex design of seven interlocking pieces and twenty petal-like modules is entirely articulated, a feature made possible by the 3D printing process, without requiring extensive manual labor and time investments.  Bobbye Tigerman, Marilyn B. and Calvin B. Gross Curator, Decorative Arts and Design, 2017


  • Gänsicke, Susanne and Yvonne J. Markowitz. Looking at Jewelry: A Guide to Terms, Styles, and Techniques. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2019.