Just what is the Gothic Look?
Leather clothing and heavy silver jewelry form the two primary elements of what is commonly known as the gothic look. The Gothic Look is often also known as the biker look, the gothic look, the punk look or the rock & roll look. Whatever you want to call it, the biker look is a historical phenomenon which has its roots in ante-hippie American culture. The paradigm image it inspires is that of a rugged, handsome, individualistic and masculine man riding a powerful bike through endless and lonely rural roads into the sunset with a violent agenda often with an element of heroism. It is one which tickles ones active imagination and induces wonder and awe. Today, this look is immensely popular, due largely to fervent adoption by musicians, bikers, biker fans, rock n roll enthusiasts and other cultural trendsetters who seek to showcase and promote new age fashion through the snazzy, head-turning outfits they wear. This writeup is a testament to the legendary Gabor Nagy: the man who popularized the entire culture.
Who is Gabor Nagy, and what is Gaboratory?
The Gabor Nagy school of design, born in the early 90’s, was started by the late Gabor Nagy, and rightfully takes its place as the original pioneer and granddaddy of the gothic biker look. Long beforethe existence of Chrome Hearts, Imperial Rose Collections, Room 101, Nagual, Travis Walker and other top gothic jewelry brands were born, the one man who started the entire biker jewelry craze sold his unbelievable, groundbreaking ideas to the fashion industry and got the world sold on the silver-leather gothic look.
Gabor Nagy the Visionary
Gabor Nagy of Gaboratory was nothing short of a a fashion visionary; one way ahead of his contemporaries. Going head-on against time-honored concepts of jewelry as tiny, delicate looking accessories adorned exclusively by well-brought up, upper class ladies, Gabor Nagy founded Gaboratory and pioneered the entire idea of biker jewelry, which shocked designers the globe over. Crafted as thick, chunky sterling silver bracelets and rings bearing anarchistic edgy carved-in designs, gothic silver jewelry could hardly be described as delicate or feminine. Very much contrary to traditional jewelry which conveyed ideas of societal class and good upbringing, Gabors biker jewelry inspired the vastly different image of the infamous outlaw biker. It became instantly clear at the outset that Gabors gothic silver jewelry was definitely not an accessory which traditional buyers of jewelry (the upper class) would be quick to adopt.
Despite the seemingly terrible odds, Gabor Nagy single-handedly pioneered a fashion renaissance which brought jewelry into the realm of mens wear. Trendsetters, celebrities & and other leading icons quickly took to the stunning designs and solid feel Gaboratorys biker jewelry had, and purchased Gabor Nagys jewelry pieces in large quantities. Fans naturally caught wind quickly of the changing fashion trends, and promptly followed suit.
What makes Gaboratorys success even more admirable is the oft-forgotten fact that Gabor pursued his novel ideas in a time when diamonds had sent metal jewelry out of fashion. Sterling silver was treated as a mere setting for the diamond, the star accessory which had successfully dominated the globe of jewelry since the phenomenal marketing campaign by De Beers in the 1950s. Gabor Nagy knew better. He saw that unlike diamonds whose surfaces could accommodate only patternless and impersonal cuts and angles, the surface of sterling silver could undergo rigorous creative handcraft and be turned into one-of-a-kind pieces of artwork containing the spirit of the artist. He sought to bring sterling silver back into the limelight, and he succeeded in dramatic style.
Gabor Nagys global footprint
Gabor Nagys sterling silver fashion spread well beyond the shores of USA. Within a year of Gabors revolution, Japanese tourists first set eyes on Gabor Nagys biker jewelry in downtown LA, fell instantly in love with Gabors intricate artwork and imported the thirst for gothic silver jewelry across the Atlantic to Asia. Today, the fashion craze has spread also to mainland Europe, especially in France and Germany. In Asia, (Taiwan, Korea and Japan) a revolutionary culture of individuality has emerged to snuff out the stuffy & stiffly hierarchical traditional South Asian culture.
Although Gabor Nagy passed on several years ago, his spirit of revolution continues to inspire jewelry craftsmen all over the world. The Gaboratory school of design spawned a generation of gifted students successful in their own right, including but not limited to Bill Wall and Travis Walker, the founders of the well-known BWL and Double Cross designer labels. Richard Stark of Chrome Hearts, currently the worlds largest designer label in the realm of gothic silver jewelry, gained much of his inspiration from Gabor Nagy’s designs, & today’s classic Chrome Hearts designs arguably have their roots in Gabor Nagy’s early work.
Gaboratory replicas & Gaboratory inspired alternatives: Why they are rising in popularity
In recent times, Gaboratory jewelry has faced adversity from countless offshore competitors of equal capacity and talent, resources and ability to deliver equally intricate, gorgeous and expertly crafted luxury gothic styled silver jewelry to bikers & other fans at a small fraction of Gaboratory jewelry prices. Now, fans of gothic silver jewelry are given an extensive range of alternatives to original Gaboratory jewelry. Gothic silver jewelry fans are starting to wise up to the ugly truth behind branding, which is actually nothing more than an imaginary concept. Brand is not something which customers will always be willing to pay for. Given the easy availability of cheaper and equally well-crafted offerings, it is no surprise that designer label jewelry isnt an unusual or rare sight on the streets notwithstanding the premium brand pricing of the original. The new & somewhat wiser sentiment is: why bust the bank on designer label jewelry when you can get a near identical product crafted from the same Best quality 925 sterling silver at a tiny fraction of the price?
However, in purchasing alternatives in the form of replicas or similarly styled inspired designs, it is important to first know the grade of jewelry you are buying. Gaboratory Jewelry competitors range from Top grade alternatives & close replicas by freelance expert jewelers to mass-producing manufacturers churning out low grade bootlegs made from cheap materials such as steel & copper.