Alexis Bittar is described as "one of the greatest jewelry designers of the 21st century." Alexis started selling his hand-carved Lucite and gemstone creations on the streets of New York before quickly being discovered by the fashion world.
The Modern Georgian collection is inspired by Europe's greatest period of artistic innovation. Art at the beginning of the 18th century reflected the excess and exuberance of the period, with elaborate Baroque and Rococo styles affecting fashion, music, and architecture. Social and political upheaval at the end of the century saw a return to Classical ideals, with Grecian minimalism and mathematical proportions dictating current styles. The Industrial Revolution powered into the new century and technological innovations brought with it a nostalgia for an idealized past. The Romantic and Gothic Revival movements were inspired by medieval design and it's chivalry tradition, later laying the groundwork for the Victorian obsession with memento mori and the natural world.
Lucite, or polymethyl methacrylate, is a transparent thermoplastic that dates back to the early thirties when it was developed as acrylic safety glass. Lucite is light and shatter-resistant and lends itself well to molding, cutting and carving.
Costume jewelry design and production exploded during the Depression where modern manufacturing methods and affordable materials provided an alternative to fine jewelry. Costume jewelry became an independent art form as designers discovered new uses for plastics, such as Lucite, glass crystals and metal plating.