La Mia Stella Cadente - Differences Unite Us

Materials: White Diamonds, Green Diamond, Aquamarine, 14k Yellow and White Gold
Dimensions: 5 x 2.5cm

This is a tribute piece, dedicated to a young Italian MotoGP sport bike rider. The differences in our lives are vast, he was a young professional rider, brought up on a motorcycle and groomed to be a racing champion. Yet our passion for riding was a bond that melted away the differences between us and united us as fellow riders.

Photo credit: Michael Pugh

Robin Hepburn
Orion Jewelry Studio, LLC
Pennington, New Jersey. USA

I am an artist and goldsmith currently working & living in the quite countryside of Pennington New Jersey which is near Bucks County Pennsylvania. I studied metals at The Collage of the Arts in Portland Maine.I also apprenticed with various metalsmiths in the New York and Philadelphia areas in the 70’s My husband and I ride sport motorcycles for recreation, I am constantly inspired by the mechanics of motorcycles,the art of riding and the interaction of fellow riders. There is a sense of peace I feel, an almost zen like experience I get from being on the motorcycle which I interpret into my jewelry work in abstract form. My jewelry pieces are an explosion of all the senses I use while riding - mind, body and soul.

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.