A bunch of us at Kraftwerks were listening Daniel Ballard talk about
950 Palladium alloy and its features. I was sitting next to Nancy
Monkman and remarked with all of the new alloys, colors, structure,
resistance to tarnish metals, how will the future generations of
bench jewelers know how to work on our heirlooms of the present.
I got thinking about the Peabody Anthropology Museum at Harvard when
I had the privilege to search endless trays of small chips of
pottery, bone and beads from American Indians in 1200AD. Then it hit
What about creating a kind of metals archive for our future?
Imagine when you visit the Smithsonian Museum and standing beside
the beautiful jewelry and mineral collections, are
examples of metals we use as goldsmiths/metalsmiths. While at the
museum, you come to a case of copper ore. Besides it is a piece of
copper sheet, wire, bar, and something created by a metalsmith at
that time. You move on to gold, silver, platinum and all the alloys
and colors in between. What would this say about our history, how we
invent, how we think and most importantly, how we create?
Imagine if future generations inherit or purchase a piece of antique
jewelry or a teapot from 2006 and they needed to make a repair, how
wonderful it would be to have the the metal available and the
accompanying documentation to restore the work to its original state.
My question is, what are we doing, if anything, to document our
growing knowledge of metals and where would the be
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