Medium: Tahitian Black Pearl and 14kt yellow gold
Classification: Jewelry, Eyeware and Watches
Credit Line: Gift of Charlotte and Fred Hubbell. In the permanent collection, Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa.
Object Number: UM2015.131
The jewelry fashioned by Ann Au is personal and unique. Her creations are individually suited to her clientele or personally formed by her own distinctive tastes. Every piece of jewelry Au makes is one of a kind and she has built a reputation upon her exceptional taste and the high quality of her designs and materials. Au mainly works with precious metals, set with diamonds, colored gemstones, or interesting and unusual rocks or minerals. Au was raised in Lorimor, Iowa, a small town in the southern part of the state. She attended Iowa State University and earned a B.A. in Integrated Studio Arts (Craft Design). After college Au worked with two master goldsmiths and in 1993 opened her own store, 2AU Limited, in West Des Moines. Along with creating and selling her own jewelry, her store also represents and sells various other artists working in many different media from around the world. Au is a member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths and the American Craft Council. Her jewlery can be found in numerous private collections.