Materials: Platinum, sapphire, diamond
Dimensions: Large RHR
The top is created with an Art Deco Style using linear geometric shapes, whereas the undercarriage is chaotic representing a more Art Nouveau style showing flowing lines that reach up to the top.
Photo credit: Phillip Schmidt
Melbourne, VIC. Australia
I have been making jewellery for the past 20 years in all precious metals.
I learnt my trade as an apprentice, starting at 16 years of age. Since then I travelled around the world working in various workshops and small word of mouth businesses for trade and retail.
I gradually began to focus on platinum as my preferred medium. I like to work with platinum because I feel that the final result can show the attention to detail and thus lift it above the standards of normal mass-produced jewellery.
I have fascination with coloured gems and I like to let the gem inspire the piece. My job has always been about giving the customer what they want by finding out what suits them.
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.