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Ginger - Differences Unite Us

Materials: Sterling silver, fine silver, bi-metal
Dimensions: 2" x 6"

This cuff was created using so many different shapes, colors and textures. All of the differences of the metals used came together so nicely to create this fun, interesting diverse piece.

Photo credit: Larry Berman

Francine Ruth
Jewelry by Francine
Sagamore Hills, Ohio. USA

There is so much which inspires me. As you can see by my pieces, I like a lot of diversity in jewelry. I definitely think that it should not take a one size fits all approach. Jewelry should change like our moods. A lot of my nspiration comes from my childhood and jewelry that both my Mom and Grandmother wore. I know that if they were alive
today they would be my biggest fans.

There is so much pleasure involved in creating wearable artwork. I enjoy talking to customers about how my pieces are created, I love working with customers on a custom piece but I think the best part is when I see a customer actually wearing one of my pieces! I also love being able to donate many pieces throughout the year to various causes.

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.