Eternal Spiral Necklace - Differences Unite Us

Materials: Argentium silver, fine silver, garnets
Dimensions: 20 inches long

Spirals are an ancient design this known in many variations and used in many cultures.

Photo credit: Robert J. Siegel

Diana M Kirkpatrick
Diana Kirkpatrick Art You Can Wear
Gainesville, FL. USA

I am a jewelry and fiber artist with a lifetime love of art jewelry. I weave, twist, braid, twine, and coil silver and gold with a variety of gemstones to create my one-of-a-kind designs.

Inspiration for my designs derives from nature and from the materials themselves. I believe that creativity is a lifelong journey. I constantly experiment with new materials and approaches in my work. My goal is to create a work of art that brings the owner enjoyment, whether it’s worn or displayed.

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.