ALEXIS BERGER JEWELRY

American glass artist Alexis Berger creates jewelry reminiscent of the Belle Epoch period, and is inspired by forms found in the natural world. She is an artist in the lampwork tradition, using soda lime glass and findings sourced from around the world. A Bay Area native, Berger makes the beads found in her pieces herself in her studio in Berkeley, and collaborates with Castle in the Air to develop designs exclusive to our shop.

Pieces by Alexis Berger are available on our Berkeley, CA shop or by phone at 510.204.9801.

Madame Iris’ Headdress  A one-of-a-kind piece by Alexis Berger  $4000  Please inquire at 510.204.9801

Madame Iris’ Headdress

A one-of-a-kind piece by Alexis Berger

$4000

Please inquire at 510.204.9801

Ice Drop Necklace by Alexis Berger  Only one available. Earrings sold separately.  $290  Please inquire at 510.204.9801

Ice Drop Necklace by Alexis Berger

Only one available. Earrings sold separately.

$290

Please inquire at 510.204.9801


DRESDEN JEWELS BY JOHN MCRAE

If you’ve taken one of his classes or simply set foot inside Castle in the Air, you know the work of John McRae. Whether he’s demonstrating decorative techniques to students or transforming our front window displays, John is a veritable magician when it comes to conjuring exquisite wonders out of simple materials. His latest creations include the Dresden Jewels, wearable gothic art with nods toward fantasy and myth.

The Dresden Jewels collection includes necklaces, brooches, and other pieces that combine gilded paper trim with real gemstones and findings. These elegant one-of-a-kind works are highly sought after by collectors, and their delicate beauty must be seen to be believed.

To purchase one of these treasured items, please visit us in the shop at 1805 Fourth St in Berkeley, California or give us a call at 510.204.9801.

LOVERS  bone skulls, vintage rhinestones, carnelian and rock crystal   $525  please call 510.204.9801

LOVERS

bone skulls, vintage rhinestones, carnelian and rock crystal


$525

please call 510.204.9801

MOMENTO MORI NECKLACE  antique French case, vintage rosary beads, rock crystal, antique paste, sapphire, enameled copper eyes, 1920’s jet glass  $850  please call 510.204.9801

MOMENTO MORI NECKLACE

antique French case, vintage rosary beads, rock crystal, antique paste, sapphire, enameled copper eyes, 1920’s jet glass

$850

please call 510.204.9801

LEAPING LIZARD  amber, pearls, tigers eye, and garnet eyes  $1150  please call 510.204.9801

LEAPING LIZARD

amber, pearls, tigers eye, and garnet eyes

$1150

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FISH NECKLACE  pearls, emerald doublette, iridescent pleated paper  $725  please call 510.204.9801

FISH NECKLACE

pearls, emerald doublette, iridescent pleated paper

$725

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HART  sapphire, moonstone, garnet, mother of pearl  $625  please call 510.204.9801

HART

sapphire, moonstone, garnet, mother of pearl

$625

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NEW AGE ARMOR #1  baroque pearl, turquoise, red amber, jade, pink tigers eye, agate, green tigers eye  $625  please call 510.204.9801

NEW AGE ARMOR #1

baroque pearl, turquoise, red amber, jade, pink tigers eye, agate, green tigers eye

$625

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NEW AGE ARMOR #3  sapphire, malachite, moonstone, tigers eye, abalone   $625  please call 510.204.9801

NEW AGE ARMOR #3

sapphire, malachite, moonstone, tigers eye, abalone


$625

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SWORD  $220  please call 510.204.9801

SWORD

$220

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SWORD  $220  please call 510.204.9801

SWORD

$220

please call 510.204.9801

SWORD  $220  please call 510.204.9801

SWORD

$220

please call 510.204.9801


RUSSIAN LACQUER BOXES

Behold the legendary handiwork of the most esteemed miniature artists from Palekh. The nimble-fingered virtuosos responsible for these whimsical lacquer boxes began their craft in the 1920's, but pay homage to the icon painters of the 18th century. Each box begins as a humble papier-mâché that is molded and sculpted over a six-week period, then lovingly embellished with multiple layers of lacquer and paint until it reaches burnished perfection.

Admirers new and old alike recognize lacquer boxes by their elegant black backgrounds and distinctive fragrance of linseed oil. Colorful fables, fairy tales, and enchanting woodland scenes dance in charming egg tempera and accents of genuine gold, melted by aqua regia and applied with the delicate touch of a fine squirrel hair brush.