Golden Tree, Pendant - Differences Unite Us

Materials: Sterling silver (cuttlebone cast, embossed, microhammered, patina)
Dimensions: 4 cm x 7 cm

This pendant is an attempt to combine several techniques. It involves cuttle bone casting in the tree trunk, embossing of the “ground”, and micro-hammering of the domed tree leaves. Two different types of patina were applied to the sterling to achieve the dark and golden tones. These differing techniques are united into one thematic whole that genertes a metalic-yet-organic texture.

Photo credit: Denny Turner

Denny’s Designs
San Diego, CA. USA

Since I retired from the land use planning business a few years, I’ve gotten very involved designing and making jewelry and teaching silversmithing. I currently teach begining and advanced silversmithing at the San Diego Mineral and Gem Society in San Diego. I have a special love of both Southwestern US and Asian designs and often attempt to work both into a single design. I love rich textures in metal and contrasting colors. In addition to metalsmithing I am an accomplished lapidary and often work unfaceted stones into my pieces, sometimes making them the focal points and at other times making them but accents.

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.