Thomas Gentille is an American jewelry designer born in Mansfield, OH. Gentille studied painting and sculpture at the Cleveland Institute of Art from 1954-1958 and his designs reflect this early training. Often architectonic, with acute attention to texture and color sensibilities, Gentille’s jewelry is distinguished by its simultaneous embrace of precious and humble materials. He is considered one of the first American studio jewelry artists to embrace commonplace materials in his designs. Many of his jewelry pieces are brooches and feature unusual material juxtapositions such as painted cork, pumice, gold, and eggshell inlay. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the... more.