Nikki Couppee

Interested in the connection between adornment and social status, Nikki Coupee uses found objects, Plexiglas, and brass to create jewelry that appears opulent even though it is made of non-precious elements.


Her current work talks about the different functions jewelry performs in society. Objects of personal adornment have the ability to define a person’s social status, question value and serve as a redeemable investment, Couppee seeks to create opulent jewelry that is reminiscent of royal jewelry but made out of quotidian materials instead of precious gems and metals. Plexiglas, brass, steel, enamel and found objects stand in for gemstones, gold, and pearls in these asymmetrically designed pieces. With the use of everyday materials, Couppee is able to create her own versions of gemstones, playing with the size, shape, and amount of the stones to satisfy her particular feeling when creating the pieces intuitively.


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