The Strength Within


Gayle Saunders (American, born in 1951)

Object Place: High Falls, New York


Overall: 9.5 x 1 cm (3 3/4 x 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

18 kt yellow gold with 14 kt pink, green, and white golds and steel

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Jewelry



Steel circular frame enclosing an irregularly-shaped multi-colored gold square with raised center. Gold element is attached to frame by multi-strand gold wires.

The rough edges and irregular tears in the gold sheet result from the maker’s process of fusing different types of gold and rolling them through a mill. According the artist on May 27, 2010: “18 kt yellow gold is fused with 14 kt green and white golds and then rolled through a rolling mill–the resulting ‘sheet’ of patterned gold has fissures and tears that are a result of the stresses created by putting the unevenly fused surface through the rolling mill. The piece is then formed and fabricated, an acid finish creates a fire scale on the white gold, rendering it black.”


Applied plaque on back is engraved "SAUNDERS" and "18k" and "14k".


Gayle Saunders; Daphne Farago, April 15, 1993 Daphne Farago; to MFA, 2006, gift of Daphne Farago.

Credit Line

The Daphne Farago Collection


Reproduced with permission.