Memorial Obsoletis

Sterling silver, copper, cronze, cubic zirconia, and plastic flower

0.75 x 3.5 x 3.75 inches

Photographed by artist

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Memorial Obsoletis is a brooch design to be worn as an obsolete memorial to an occasion, specifically my wife and my wedding day. The brooch is comprised of three parts: the outside patinated covering that is unpolished and unfinished to represent the daily life of our marriage, while simultaneously showing and covering the inside engraved, polished and bright-side of our inward relationship. Hidden, embellished and celebrated by adornment are some of the fake (everlasting) flowers from her bouquet, only seen when the top piece is lifted through a hinge. The flowers are part of this reliquary that celebrates the day of marriage, but also the death of a day that takes years of planning for a single few hours. The everlasting flowers stand as an homage to our marriage longevity, ever-concealed for our privacy, but available to the viewer when shown.


Since 2002, Vincent Wil Hawley has been creating unique pieces of metal sculpture and jewelry. Having received his BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, he went on to graduate from the Gemological Institute of America in Italy as well as apprenticing in Florence, Italy. His work is produced with classic hand tools taking countless hours to create. Vincent’s pieces incorporate some of jewelry and metalsmithing’s most challenging and classical practices including hand engraving and traditional raising/forming techniques; a truly historical art form passed through the generations. Using these tools, Vincent's art incorporates extremely complex forms and techniques. His current work focuses on his classical Silversmith training involving intricate traditional raising techniques in conjunction with Korean finishing details. Vincent currently works out of his studio in NYC and continues to travel to Florence to teach.