Copper pendant with glass by Rafael Alfandary; pendant is about 3-1/2" long x 1-1/2" wide; chain is about 30" overall; marked: "Rafael, Canada;" nice patina; fine condition.

SOLD (item #M0360)


Rafael Alfandary was a recent emigrant to Toronto, Ontario, Canada from Israel in 1970 when he enrolled in an English class at George Brown College. As a thank you gift to his teacher he designed and presented a necklace to her. The striking design and movement of the necklace soon created a demand for similar jewellery from other women who were enamored of the style and originality. Taking up the opportunity that the life process had laid before him, Rafael set up shop in his basement and started production on the kinetic designs made of hammered brass or copper, and bezel set with natural stone or glass cabochons.

His work is very recognizable.....The chains on the large necklaces are as elaborate as the pendants themselves and balance it with an aesthetic symmetry. He soon discovered Murano glass which provided colours ranging from brilliant orange hues to the most earthy translucent purple I have ever seen (as if one can ever describe purple as "earthy"). He loved melting and combining different colours of the glass, and as such no two cabochon colours are exactly the same.....The rippled nature on the reverse side of the glass also created some amazing reflections seen against the metal backing through the top of the transparent coloured glass.

Rafael closed his shops in Canada in 1980 to pursue other business and personal opportunities but is now back in Toronto, Canada where he and his wife Eriko are creating clocks and his one of a kind rings.

Taken from "Abstractions, a Sampler of Modern Canadian Jewellers" by Roberta Peach, MODERN SILVER magazine, Dec.- January, 2003-2004.