Infinity - Differences Unite Us

Materials: 14k gold, 925 silver, moonstone, diamonds, ruby.
Dimensions: 1.75 x 1.5 x 1 inches

Infinity is a kinetic ring that represents the unique sensation of weightlessness. A moonstone attached to the center of a mechanism, portrays a drop of water floating freely in space. Even though the stone is fixed in the middle, it is able to pivot 360 degrees in all 6 possible directions, which is represented by each movable ring.

Photo credit: Pino

Claudio Pino
Claudio Pino Design
Montreal, Canada

What makes a ring powerful? Is it the interplay of shifting light, the shadow and depth created through the unique combination of metallic, matched colors or is it the vintage surface that recall memories and projects this unmistakable power? I always have been inspired by the ancient art of jewelry, and more specially, the history of rings. My artistic interests have always been drawn to the personal relationship people have with the jewelry they wear. Sometimes, I had meticulous mechanisms that gave the stone set the freedom to follow the owner’s movements, reflecting them in many small, intricate ways. Each of my design represents a different thematic system, a mirror to multiple metaphors.

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.