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Blues and greens - Differences Unite Us

Materials: Morenci azure malachite, chrysoprase, sterling, gold
Dimensions: 22" x 1.2"

It could hardly differ more to set valuable chrysoprase in sterling with native cut azure malachite from the difficult Morenci mine. The chrysoprase is perfect, and flawless, the azure malachite is hand cut with wavy tops in simple, basic sterling with blasts of 18K.

Photo credit: Jim DeLutes

Judy Hoch
Marstal Smithy
Salida, CO. USA

Making metal treasures is a second or maybe third career. I love stones, am a graduate gemologist and heat, hammer and persuade metal as a passion. I have gobs of useless awards, and lots of fabulous customers. Rare gems are my thing - unusual finds, rare approaches to cutting and even rarer thoughts about how to display and wear them. The stuff is in my DNA - it is part of me.

Ganoksin hosts the jewelry list Orchid, with over 13,000 list members from all over the world, speaking from a wide range of technical and aesthetic experiences. The exhibition theme grew out of a desire to celebrate the creativity encompassed in this wide variety.

Artists were free to interpret the theme in any way they chose. Each artist could submit up to six pieces. Interpretations include uniting different materials into one cohesive form; intellectual and emotional “unitings”, where the meaning of the piece unites multiple concepts; the uniting of time - past, present and future; and a number that focus on the harmony created when uniting multiple materials and/or concepts.

The work submitted involved a wide range of jewelry techniques, from very traditional to very cutting edge, as well as using materials from traditional precious metals and gemstones to “re-purposed” and “up-cycled” materials.

The exhibition showcases 330 images chosen from entries from over 111 artists representing 26 countries.

Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Serbia, Spain, Trinidad, Turkey, UK, USA, Venezuela, and the Virgin Islands

Many of the participants began their interest in jewelry at a young age. Some are relative newcomers to the field, and some have over 35 years of experience as professional jewelers and goldsmiths. While some grew up in families that were goldsmiths, and followed in those footsteps, others only began creating jewelry as adults.