World party ring - Differences Unite Us

Materials: garnet, chrysoberyl, sapphire and silver
Dimensions: ca. 1.5 x 1.5 x 2.5 cm

Realation to theme: the stones are from different parts of the world but fit really well together, forming three parts of the world united in one piece.

Photo credit: H. van Rootselaar

Heleen van Rootselaar
Amsterdam, Netherlands

I started creating jewelry about 6 years ago. I had lessons with two very diiferent teachers: the first one taught me the solid basics of goldsmithing, the second was an artist and had few rules. The combination made me experiment on my own, enjoying every new technique and material and trying to get closer to perfection. Pity it is not my main occupation…

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.