Ray of Light - Differences Unite Us

Materials: Oxidized Sterling Silver, 24k Gold, Garnets, Gold Plated Neck Wire
Dimensions: 2" x 1" x 0.25"

The first ray of light awakens resting Earth,
Illuminates the leaves on trees and plays in the morning dew.
It gently warms and guides the living… As a ray of light a single person can break another’s darkness of loneliness. It takes a special look to spot the light, can you see it?

Photo credit: Aleksandra Vali

Aleksandra Vali
Aurora, IL. USA

Many years I had been a professional ceramist. When I became involved in creating jewelry, I carried sculptural forms into metal.
Trying to reconstruct the surface structure of the metal, experimenting on contrasts, utilizing various techniques, shifting the balance point, I achieve the movement of the composition.

I was enchanted by weathered with time archeological excavations, which had been brought to the ideal state by nature itself. This state precisely is what I attempt to convey by showing the opulence of surface structures.

My philosophy is set in always moving forward, leaving behind the fossils of the past, resonating through time.

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.