Diamond & pearl ring - Differences Unite Us

Materials: fine silver, black diamonds & pearl

hand woven fine silver ring with black diamonds & a pearl

Photo credit: gill bridgestok

Gill Bridgestock
Gill Bridgetsock’s Silver Originals
Tenterden, Kent. UK

I am a jewellery designer based in the South East of England in the Cinque Port of Tenterden, Kent. I have exhibited both nationally & internationally & open my studio twice a year to the public. I’ve been involved in jewellery design and fabrication since 2002 taking classes at a local community college. I had a fantastic teacher at the college and have taken additional courses from master craftsman. I’m also self taught in many fabrication techniques.

The jewellery I design & make is fashioned in precious metals and inspired by nature, music and many different cultural traditions. All my pieces are one-of-a-kind showing pride in craftsmanship and design.I knit, crochet & weave with wire using pure fine silver & gold . I also make solid pieces using sterling silver such as spoons & small bowls.

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.