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William Hurlin

Antiquities expert, retired financial services professional in Fairfield United States

Artist Statement
As part of a life-long fascination with early cultures, I have collected the art and artifacts of ancient civilizations for many years. I am continually amazed by the beauty and craftsmanship of ancient artifacts, and love to create beautiful and interesting jewelry that shows them to best advantage.
My purpose is to design and make unique and beautiful jewelry that incorporates these wonderful artifacts so that they may be worn, touched and appreciated instead of lying in dark drawers or behind glass. These artifacts provide an immediate tactile and visual connection with the people of earlier times that stimulates curiosity about their lives and amazement at their superb craftsmanship.
Each ancient artifact is rare, and each one has a story to tell. Every one provides an immediate link to the people of early civilizations. It is thrilling to hold in your hand a Greek arrowhead from the time of the Trojan war, a stone seal used by someone from the ancient Near East 4,000 years ago, a protective amulet from ancient Egypt, or a pendant worn by a Viking around 800AD.
Each necklace, bracelet or earring is specifically designed for the artifact it surrounds and is carefully crafted from high quality materials. Most pieces also include ancient or vintage beads.
I hope that wearing my jewelry will give you a lively and rewarding connection with ancient civilizations in addition to enhancing your beauty.

Artist bio
Bill Hurlin was born and raised in New England. He moved to Fairfield, Iowa thirty years ago to raise his children and be part of the special community that Fairfield offers.
For most of his career, he was a financial services professional. His interest in ancient cultures, which was first stimulated during his time at Brown University, prompted a hobby of collecting the artifacts of early civilizations which has now developed into the making of unique jewelry that incorporates them.
He lives in Fairfield with his wife, Anastasia, who is a renowned artist and arts promoter.

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Adornments of the Ancient World

@ VOL 2 ON OCT 18, 2013

William Hurlin, an antique jewelry expert, presents 19 pieces and explains how they were used. Some were charms to ward off evil, some were symbols to show your status, while still others had practical uses such as seal stamps to designate something as belonging to you.

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Fairfield @ ICON Gallery
Oct 18, 2013