silver brooch
core sample  brooch back

Sample Cache Brooch in sterling by Jess Bischoff

Front and back, diametrically opposed,  provide a strong visual and tactile contrast. Sterling silver, rust, stainless steel and 14k yellow gold are integrated in hand-fabricated techniques, oxidation, and as well as 3D printing.

Inspired by the sample collection tubes utilized as part of Perseverance rover's sample caching system, this brooch illustrates the idea of a lost or forgotten Martian sample tube, reinterpreted into a simplistic, deteriorating toroidal form. The tube appears open from the back, revealing some hints of the rock, regolith, and decay found within its encasement.

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