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Discreetly bizarre gold ring - Differences Unite Us

Materials: Fairtrade, Fairmined gold, trillion cut fire-citrine
Dimensions: 2.5cm x 3.8cm

This ring marries opposing elements. The roughness and spontaneity of the metal contrasting with the considered uniformity and immaculate finish of the gemstone. This theme is reflective of life on a greater scale. ‘Opposites attract’ is another aspect of ‘differences unite us.’

Photo credit: Agi Kolman@Kolman Studios

Linnie Mclarty
London, UK

Designer and artist jeweller Linnie Mclarty’s fine art background greatly informs her practice. Her sculptural pieces have been well received internationally, and to date she has seven awards to her credit.

Linnie works as ethically as possible, ensuring her materials are responsibly sourced. She works in 100% recycled silver and is one of the first licensees in the world of certified Fairtrade, Fairmined ‘eco’ gold.

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.