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Orange love - Differences Unite Us

Materials: Sterling silver, 18k yellow gold, Orange spondylus shell, Fancy coloured sapphires, Amethysts

Dimensions: 6.1 x 3.4 x 2.2 cm

This locket is protecting a heart that has been touched by the arrow of love. A unique touch that will make love and union possible.

Photo credit: By artist

Martha Luzuriaga Alvarez
montreal, Canada

Jewellery making is the voice that communicates my creativity. I truly enjoy the process of having an idea and bringing it to life. I believe this process requires a lot of courage and determination, so it is my goal to continue to let my ideas run free and take life without any limitations or constraints. My greatest aspiration is for my pieces to show the purity and innocence of the creative 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.