It is in the southwestern landscape, where visions of silver and turquoise shine against dusted adobe walls, that the inspiration and spirit of niett metals is rooted.
Raised in the city of Dallas, Texas, my most liberating memories come from seasons spent in the mountains and deserts of New Mexico. It is in this southwestern landscape, where visions of silver and turquoise shine against dusted adobe walls, that the inspiration and spirit of Niett Metals is rooted.
I recall exploring the New Mexican leather shops with my father. His ritual entailed stopping two steps inside the door, closing his eyes and taking in as much of the saturated air as possible. He would reach for the nearest piece to offer me, insisting, "feel this, this is real."
Taken by this allure of integrity and authenticity, I seek to uphold this tradition of artistry through each step of my process. The philosophy of Niett Metals emphasizes the beauty of true quality. The production process begins with sourcing from trusted suppliers of quality materials– from ethical gold and silver to genuine leather cord and German silks.
described by william faulkner as "a postage stamp of native soil", the town of taylor, mississippi is no stranger to the arts.
Each individual piece of jewelry created is an homage to this rich legacy of artists– from the native craftsmen of New Mexico to the local makers of Mississippi and the artists that many of my pieces are named after.
The jewelry is then handcrafted from start to finish in my century-old home and studio space in Northern Mississippi. The location and history of the studio itself plays a large role in characterizing the work of Niett Metals. Described by William Faulkner as "a postage stamp of native soil," the town of Taylor, Mississippi is no stranger to the arts. We bought this house to revive it and preserve its creative past. Each room holds evidence of its previous inhabitants– painters, collectors, musicians– with whom Niett is proud to share its heritage.
Each individual piece of jewelry I create is an homage to this rich legacy of artists– from the native craftsmen of New Mexico to the local makers of Mississippi and the renowned artists and architects that many of my pieces are named after. Niett Metals is a reflection of the creative environments I have been lucky enough to explore, and a collection of expressions that I hope to share with others.
photography by john love ©2016