Materials: sterling silver, white quartz, clear quartz, amethyst, green amethyst, onyx, jasper, gold leaf
Dimensions: 13.5" x 1/4" x 1.5"
The Vertebrae Necklace, one of 13 pieces in a collection entitled In the Rough, aims to question the use of the gemstone as it deconstructs and destroys its conventional use and image in order to transform the traditional. A color palette of gold, black, green, and purple combined with controlled texture makes the piece as enticing to the eye as it is to feel on the body.
This piece is designed and made to empower the wearer and revamp any article of clothing with striking energy and a strong presence. In the Rough evokes confidence and allure, allowing the pieces to simply speak for themselves.
Photo credit: Vaccarro Photography Services
Gabrielle Nicole Morris
Gabrielle Nicole Designs
New York, New York. USA
Known for her passion, determination and creativity, Gabrielle Nicole Morris turned her childhood dream of becoming a jewelry designer into a career. She has worked alongside leading designers such as Alexis Bittar, Pamela Love and Lulu Frost, and her work has been published in Lark's 500 Art Necklaces along with many leading blogs in the industry.
Gabrielle Nicole successfully earned her BFA in jewelry design at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York and has taken classes at Fashion Institute of Technology, Rhode Island School of Design, and Tyler School of Art.
In addition to working with sterling silver and gemstones Gabrielle Nicole enjoys exploring the use of alternative materials such as leather, fabrics, resin, and acrylics. Her statement pieces are inspired by her travels around the globe and the allure of high fashion.
She resides and works in New York City.
The exhibition explores metal works whose primary theme is color embraced as their primary visual focus, whether that be using colored materials, exploring creating colored surfaces, or encasing the object in color.
As the world's largest jewelry related internet site, Ganoksin strives to develop exhibitions showcasing work from around the world. This exhibition was open to all metalsmiths, professional and amateur, advanced and beginner.
In total 303 artists contributed 814 show pieces for the permanent online exhibition.
The exhibition was curated by Beth Wicker, President of the North Carolina Society of Goldsmiths in the United States, and Adjunct Instructor at Northeastern Technical College in South Carolina. Director of the exhibition is Hanuman Aspler, founder of The Ganoksin Project, the world's largest internet jewelry site.
Hue is one of the primary properties of color, it refers to the place the color occupies on the visual spectrum. Humans have used hues throughout time, to create cave paintings, to decorate themselves, their clothing and their housing.
Different hues have taken on different meanings throughout time. Gold traditionally has been a color of purity - the metal gold is relatively unchangeable, and the hue of gold has come to stand for gods and goddesses, for royalty, for durability and for purity. Red has often meant love, or passion. Hues often reflect the meaning of the seasons, with pastels referring to spring and the burst of new life after the pale hues of winter. Summer is reflected in vibrant, deep hues, followed by the browning of hues in the fall as plants go to seed and die, and the land turns fallow.
The worth of a hue has often been tied to what is necessary to make the pigment that creates the hue, and the expensive involved in the process. Often created from crushed stones that had to be mined and carried by caravan over thousands of miles, or from fermented roots of plants only grown in certain areas, or the carapaces of rare insects - the creation of hue in a way that could be used by man was an involved and generally expensive process.
In today's world metalsmiths have access to perhaps the widest range of materials and hues in the history of man - and in some of the most affordable ways ever.
This exhibition celebrates hue - color - as an integral, inherent element of the work. We talk of the "richness" of color, and examples of this abound here. One expects hues from the colors of gemstones used in metalsmithing, but we also have hues from some less expected places. Glass enamels are an ancient way of adding color, as are a variety of patinas. Today's artists also use synthetic man-made materials to add color in ways that didn't exist a century ago.
We invite you to enjoy this celebration of hue, and the ways hues and their use have changed over time.