Carnelian pendant - Differences Unite Us

Materials: Gold, Rough Carnelian, silver,Zircon, Rubber r.
Dimensions: 2.8cm wide 2.3cm high.

Realation to theme: This rough Carnelian was shaped by a worker somewhere in India, made it’s way to me and was lovingly clad by a gold wrap to be worn and enjoyed.

Photo credit: Irit Yiftach

Irit Yiftach
Haifa, Israel

I have been creating jewelry for many years, while working as an airline executive.

This art form satisfies my desire for beauty and harmony and also enables me to wear jewelry that reflects my own taste and personality.
My style is bold and assertive and strongly influenced by Nature. I work with brass,silver,gold and mainly rough stones, many of which I collect by myself.

The stone, it’s look and shape and the vibe I get from it, are the source of inspiration for the final design.

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.