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Collar Parra (Grapevine necklace) - Differences Unite Us

Materials: 750 gold yelow & rose and cultured pearls
Dimensions: necklace: 45cm, pectoral ornament 15cm.

necklace with pectoral ornament representing the grapevine and wine typical products of San Juan, Argentina.

Photo credit: Atelier Berenstein-Nobre

Sara Elena Berenstein
Rivadavia, San Juan. Argentina

Consider the artist as social communicator. “My work and my artwork, in gold and natural elements, are my cordially communication style.”

Trained as a goldsmith’s apprentice with independent studio for 11 years. He participated in group exhibitions at the Fondo Nacional de las Artes, Buenos Aires 2008 and BairesJoya 2009 - Workshops at the School of Crafts Berazategui (Buenos Aires) and Industrial Design at the Universidad Nacional de San Juan, Argentina 2009. Since 2008, local government and the university have developed their pieces to be gifts to the President of the Nation and other personalities.

It is inspired by elements of nature and ancient Aboriginal designs typical of the region.

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.