Tony Lent has dedicated his life to the painstaking transformation of visionary images into intricate pieces of wearable art that are among the most detailed and conceptually profound works of jewelry being made today.
Most of the jewelry begins life as a concept, dream or vision in the mind of Anthony Lent, usually inspired by the natural world or an aspect of art history. Manufacturing techniques range from the traditional and often lost methods of the 19th and 20th centuries to state of the art technologies of today. Depending on the piece, Anthony Lent jewelry may employ elements of lost wax casting, hand fabrication, 3D printing, die striking, or hand engraving.
While studying sculpture at the Philadelphia College of Art (now University of the Arts), he discovered that many of his favorite artists, such Celini and Dürer, were also goldsmiths. He left Philadelphia and moved to Germany to pursue his goldsmithing education at the Fachhochschule in Schwäbisch-Gmünd. In Germany, he immersed himself in the traditions and technologies of European jewelry design, acquiring the skills and knowledge that would become the foundation of his own work and teaching.
On returning to the United States a few years later, he began his career as a jeweler in New York City, working for some of the industry’s most prestigious and celebrated fine jewelry houses. During this time, he developed a unique line of bespoke jewelry which was exhibited at galleries and represented by private dealers throughout the world.