Features


Take an in-depth look at jewelry making styles across the globe, artist profiles, and other articles on the world of jewelry in our Features section.

The Art of the Celtic Metalsmith

The Art of the Celtic Metalsmith

This research paper was presented at the Society of North American Goldsmiths Conference at Cranbrook Academy of Art in June,...
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Precious Gems in India’s Culture

Precious Gems in India’s Culture

From early history through modern times, gemstones and jewelry have played a vital role in India's culture. Forget diamonds. An...
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Folklore, Power, and Magic of Gemstones

Folklore, Power, and Magic of Gemstones

When the Babylonians observed the passage of the heavenly bodies across the firmament many thousands of years ago and believed...
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The Jewelry of Hermann Junger

The Jewelry of Hermann Junger

Over the past forty years, jewelry making has become increasingly rich and diversified as the time-honored reliance on precious metals...
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Erotic Watches: Indiscreet Treasures

Erotic Watches: Indiscreet Treasures

The interplay between the erotic and art has featured in all periods of history, on occasion crossing the line into...
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Charles Loloma – Hopi Modernist

Charles Loloma – Hopi Modernist

Master jeweler Charles Loloma was a Hopi spiritual leader -- a member of the Badger Clan and a Hopi snake...
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The Jewelry of Gijs Bakker

The Jewelry of Gijs Bakker

Since the late 60s, Gijs Bakker (b. 1942) has been influential to both Dutch and international jewelry design. His work,...
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The Copperwork of Santa Clara Del Cobre

The Copperwork of Santa Clara Del Cobre

Dusty cobblestone streets traversed by oxen and donkeys pulling hay carts, anvils ringing, woodsmoke, chickens pecking next to the wooden...
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Art Smith: Goldsmith and Silversmith

Art Smith: Goldsmith and Silversmith

In a promotional flyer from the early 1950s. Art Smith offered a "fanciful ring of space, silver and gold." The...
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The Bauhaus Metal Workshop, 1919-1927

The Bauhaus Metal Workshop, 1919-1927

In this article Deborah Norton traces the rise and fall of this seminal 20th-century school. Although Bauhaus policy revolved around...
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Henry Steig

Henry Steig

Everyone knows the famous picture from the film The Seven Year Itch, of Marilyn Monroe standing on a New York...
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Peru: The Past is Always Present

Peru: The Past is Always Present

The South American Andes state can look back on a jewelry culture spanning over one thousand years. This has remained...
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The Jewelry of Manfred Bischoff

The Jewelry of Manfred Bischoff

Manfred Bischoff has a fascination with language. Like many Europeans of his generation, Bischoff is fluent in several languages, including...
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Marjorie Schick: New Sculpture Design

Marjorie Schick: New Sculpture Design

For four decades, Marjorie Schick has been one of the pioneers of original avant-garde jewelry. Her works are based on...
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Modern Native American Jewelry

Modern Native American Jewelry

Long recognized for the ubiquitous turquoise and silver squash-blossom necklaces and concho belts, the traditional metalwork of the Southwest has...
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Ed Wiener: Arts and Ends

Ed Wiener: Arts and Ends

Ed Wiener exemplifies the studio jewelry artist of the late 1940s and 50s. The first time we met, this fascinating...
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American Modernist Jewelry 1940-1960

American Modernist Jewelry 1940-1960

Recently, collectors have discovered a body of silver jewelry, eclectic in scope—by turns serious and whimsical—creative, original and quintessentially modern....
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The Jewelry of Thomas Mann

The Jewelry of Thomas Mann

Not so many years ago Thomas Mann figured that 2002 would be his year to retire. But the projected date...
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Ancient High Cultures: Jewelry, Talisman and Status Symbol

Ancient High Cultures: Jewelry, Talisman and Status Symbol

People have gazed at adorned ears for many millennia. Discoveries in tombs and old legends tel of how ears were...
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Urushi: Japanese Lacquer

Urushi: Japanese Lacquer

Urushi is the sap from a staghorn sumac tree (rhus vernicifera) which is native to East Asia. Japanese and Chinese...
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History of Contemporary Canadian Jewellery

History of Contemporary Canadian Jewellery

The history of contemporary Canadian jewellery, like that of Canada itself, has struggled with the assimilation of foreign influences, economies...
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Friedrich Becker: Escape Into the Fourth Dimension

Friedrich Becker: Escape Into the Fourth Dimension

The gold and silversmith Friedrich Becker has succeeded in uniting technology and art in a fascinating manner. Through his work...
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A Metalsmith’s Guide to Germany

A Metalsmith’s Guide to Germany

My trips to Germany in 1980 and 1982 were the most satisfying experiences in relation to my metalwork. They were...
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Lapponia Jewellery and The Message of the Sculptor

Lapponia Jewellery and The Message of the Sculptor

Björn Weckström had a decisive influence on the idea of Finnish style. Over four decades of cooperation with Lapponia Jewellery...
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Designing Contemporary Flatware

Designing Contemporary Flatware

No single item is more used yet more neglected than flatware. It is used in one form or another by...
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Cutlery: A Matter of Taste

Cutlery: A Matter of Taste

Eating and drinking have been part of life forever. And people have always striven to make something special out of...
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The Seven Korean Metalsmiths

The Seven Korean Metalsmiths

Five thousand years of Korean goldsmithing was interrupted from 1913 to 1953 due to the Japanese invasion and the Korean...
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Paul A. Lobel: Innovator of Mid-Century Design

Paul A. Lobel: Innovator of Mid-Century Design

The accomplishments of Paul A. Lobel, industrial designer, metalsmith, sculptor and cartoonist/illustrator, may be viewed as the quintessential American success...
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Jewelry Design in Geneva Education

Jewelry Design in Geneva Education

A pretty red brick building from the 19th century is located not far from the city center of Geneva, a...
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The Metalwork and Jewelry of Harry Bertoia

The Metalwork and Jewelry of Harry Bertoia

Harry Bertoia was not simply a metalsmith or a furniture designer, sculptor or printmaker, artist or craftsman. He was all...
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The School for American Craftsmen (SAC)

The School for American Craftsmen (SAC)

The history of the School for American Craftsmen (SAC) can be seen as a microcosm of the history of the...
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A Metalsmith’s Guide to Kyoto, Japan

A Metalsmith’s Guide to Kyoto, Japan

To begin with, it might be important to present some background material on Kyoto itself. The Emperor Kammu founded Kyoto...
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Hiko Mizuno College: Japanese Jewelry

Hiko Mizuno College: Japanese Jewelry

The imposing seven-story Hiko Mizuno College of Jewelry, often photographer for architecture magazines because of its unique design, juts up...
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Emmy Van Leersum: Lines and Patterns

Emmy Van Leersum: Lines and Patterns

Dutch jewelry designer Emmy van Leersum, who died November 2, 1984, had been internationally recognized for over 20 years. Her...
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The Helen Williams Drutt Collection of Modern Jewelry

The Helen Williams Drutt Collection of Modern Jewelry

The Helen Williams Drutt Collection offers a personal view of the development in fine art jewelry over the past 20...
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The Work of Tom Muir

The Work of Tom Muir

Silver has been a part of American domestic ritual and tradition since the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, when bourgeois families...
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Chinggis Khan: Art of Mongolia

Chinggis Khan: Art of Mongolia

As the global economy expands and the Internet gives us access to faraway destinations in a matter of minutes, there...
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Mario Pinton: A Father to All

Mario Pinton: A Father to All

Firtz Falk, the curator of the Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim, was the first to call it the Padua School, back in 1983....
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A Metalsmith’s Guide to Washington, D.C.

A Metalsmith’s Guide to Washington, D.C.

This is a continuing series of metalsmith's guides to cities, regions and museums throughout the world. The purpose of these...
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The World of David Freda

The World of David Freda

One function of art is to challenge the status quo-to persuade, shock, or seduce us into seeing the world, and...
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Giampaolo Babetto: The Jewelry Architect

Giampaolo Babetto: The Jewelry Architect

For Giampaolo Babetto, the student occupation of the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice in 1968 was a harsh blow....
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Ivory and Bone: Archaic Materials

Ivory and Bone: Archaic Materials

Ivory and bone have been used by humans for sculptures and jewelry purposes from very early times. The Upper Paleolithic...
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The World of Sevan Bicakci

The World of Sevan Bicakci

The fact that the jewelry by Turkish designer Sevan Bicakci looks like they come straight from the legend of Ali...
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The Work of Marie Zimmermann

The Work of Marie Zimmermann

Imagine walking into your studio and having the skill and confidence to create anything you desire. From the tiniest ladys...
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Frey Wille: An Homage to Art

Frey Wille: An Homage to Art

From the ancient Greeks to contemporary art – this Vienna-based enamel workshop excites its clients throughout the world with artistic...
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A Metalsmith’s Guide to Rome

A Metalsmith’s Guide to Rome

Rome. Truly the eternal city, where every monument reflects simultaneously the past and the present. As Goethe so aptly states...
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White Gold: Jewelry Made of Porcelain

White Gold: Jewelry Made of Porcelain

Porcelain – for over 600 years a well kept secret of the Chinese, before it was discovered for a second...
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Peruvian Jewelry Art and Metalwork

Peruvian Jewelry Art and Metalwork

Peru, Land of the Inca, the Sun Worshippers, Land of Gold (the "Sweat of the Sun"), Land of Silver (the...
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Laurie Hall: A Primitive Contemporary

Laurie Hall: A Primitive Contemporary

It takes a powerful psyche to cope with and build on the kind of support and inspiration that has surrounded...
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Laminae Ex Voto

Laminae Ex Voto

Votives are objects offered to a deity in exchange for favor and in the cultures of southern Italy and Sicily,...
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Hermann Jünger: German Goldsmith

Hermann Jünger: German Goldsmith

From 1988 to 1989, German goldsmith Hermann Jünger was celebrated in his native country with a major retrospective of his...
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Master Metalsmith Alan Adler

Master Metalsmith Alan Adler

I first discovered Allan Adler's Silversmithing Shop about 23 years ago when I arrived in Southern California to begin my...
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Pierre Degen Plays: His Own Rules

Pierre Degen Plays: His Own Rules

"There are no rules there. At one point there will be an idea...and I will find a material that is...
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Burma Drug and Gem Smuggling

Burma Drug and Gem Smuggling

Author Richard W. Hughes discusses Gem and drug smuggling in Burma, along with the CIA and British involvement in the...
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The Work of Steven Ford and David Forlano

The Work of Steven Ford and David Forlano

Visitors to craft shows may know Steven Ford and David Forlano by their company name, CityZenCane, the polymer clay guys,...
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Modernist Jewelers in Los Angeles

Modernist Jewelers in Los Angeles

In the mid-twentieth century, studio jewelry activity centered around two cities in southern California: Los Angeles and San Diego. There...
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Elisabeth Treskow: Pave Maker of Modernity

Elisabeth Treskow: Pave Maker of Modernity

A changed world and new perceptions of life determined the development of jewelry art in the period before the Second...
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Opals: All the Colors of the Rainbow

Opals: All the Colors of the Rainbow

Due to their magical variety of color, opals are evocative of a solidified rainbow. These gemstones seem to have captured...
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The Curse of the Fabergé Eggs

The Curse of the Fabergé Eggs

In our April issue, we reported the 189-piece collection (including 9 Fabergé Imperial Eggs) owned by the late Malcolm Forbes...
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The Czar’s Gold Masterpieces

The Czar’s Gold Masterpieces

The Kremlin Armory houses unique collections of precious items that mirror the artistic wealth of the country and the relations...
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Naum Slutzky Jewelry at the Bauhaus

Naum Slutzky Jewelry at the Bauhaus

From 1919-23 the Bauhaus also had a jewelry workshop run as a private enterprise by Naum Slutzky. He was on...
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Contemporary Metal Furniture

Contemporary Metal Furniture

In cast iron we recognize only the machine-made copy of a copy; in wrought-iron we feel the presence of the...
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The Inventive Jewelry of Earl Pardon

The Inventive Jewelry of Earl Pardon

Earl Pardon's work has an elusive quality that is difficult to describe, yet this quality has motivated him throughout years...
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Namu Cho: Jewelry as a Talisman

Namu Cho: Jewelry as a Talisman

Clear floral motifs or forms like from a dream world, mystic color contrasts with soft waves, patterns that appear like...
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Kiff Slemmons: Uncommon Means of Measure

Kiff Slemmons: Uncommon Means of Measure

Kiff Slemmons: Uncommon Means of Measure Kiff Slemmons’s jewelry is created as much for the mind as for the body....
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Exhibition of Contemporary Japanese Metalwork

Exhibition of Contemporary Japanese Metalwork

Quoting the scholar, Nyozekan Hasegawa, Masataka Ogawa Calls Japan the country of "the culture of hands." Over the centuries, no...
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20th Century Swiss Jewelry Designs

20th Century Swiss Jewelry Designs

A representative cross-section of jewelry design in Switzerland in the last century, entitled "The Art of Jewelry in Switzerland in...
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The Metal Arts Guild of Ontario

The Metal Arts Guild of Ontario

In 1946 a small band of metal enthusiasts in Toronto, Canada, formed the Metal Arts Guild (MAG) "to promote and...
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Phillip Baldwin

Phillip Baldwin

Phillip Baldwin Now that The Year of American Craft is here, the list of artists deserving immediate recognition and overdue...
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The Civil War Chess Set

The Civil War Chess Set

Richly detailed portrait sculptures of great American heroes—in solid pewter, solid brass and fine enamels. An heirloom chess set to...
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William Harper: Artist as Alchemist

William Harper: Artist as Alchemist

It seems only just, when so many barriers are collapsing, that one of the more prophetic artists of the late...
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Poul Beckmann: Crawling Jewels

Poul Beckmann: Crawling Jewels

Opinions are divided when it comes to beetles: while some people flee as soon as one of these six-legged creatures...
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Charcoal Dust Bluing

Charcoal Dust Bluing

Sometimes when you are looking for one thing, you discover something else. The unexpected can change your course and you...
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Arline Fisch: The Art of Wearable Magic

Arline Fisch: The Art of Wearable Magic

The most intriguing characteristic of Arline Fisch's work, particularly the textile constructions, is their utter transformation when worn. What may...
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Small Wonders – Aromatic Adornments

Small Wonders – Aromatic Adornments

Of all the luxury commodities in the world, fragrance is the most paradoxical. Volatile and ephemeral, it nevertheless summons up...
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Bettina Dittlmann: Power of Subtlety

Bettina Dittlmann: Power of Subtlety

At Rhode Island School of Design’s recent exhibitions of work by graduates of the Munich Academy of Fine Arts, objects...
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A Feminist Perspective

A taboo was broken when the word ”feminist" was used in the review of "Form Beyond Function" in Metalsmith (Spring...
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Dorothea Pruhl: Liberal Jewelry Sculptures

Dorothea Pruhl: Liberal Jewelry Sculptures

Breslau-born Dorothea Pruhl (in 1937) has been dealing with jewelry as a statement and the design of jewelry for four...
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Keraflex: The White Miracle

Keraflex: The White Miracle

If you wish to create filigree jewelry using porcelain, up to now you had been forced to make a mass...
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Lori Talcott: As Large as Life

Lori Talcott: As Large as Life

… And so it came to pass that of the mostly sons and occasional daughters of the Heroes, there was...
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The Jewelry, Art and Artifact of Ramona Solberg

The Jewelry, Art and Artifact of Ramona Solberg

In the three years since her retirement from 31 years of teaching, Ramona Solberg has had three exhibitions of her...
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The Arts and Crafts Movement

The Arts and Crafts Movement

"It is allowing machines to be our masters and not our servants that so insures the beauty of life nowadays."...
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Master Metalsmith Irena Brynner

Master Metalsmith Irena Brynner

The following text is edited from two interviews taped in 1982 with Irena Brynner, one by Dorothy Van Arsdale in...
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Goldsmith’s Goldsmith: Pat Flynn

Goldsmith’s Goldsmith: Pat Flynn

Everybody knows Pat Flynn. Pat Flynn, the jewelerly jeweler. Pat Flynn the goldsmith’s goldsmith. The bear of a man from...
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Christian Schmidt: The New Naturalism

Christian Schmidt: The New Naturalism

Christian Schmidt is infamous for his contribution to the 1964 "Fiber, Clay, Metal" exhibition at the St. Paul Art Center,...
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Gerrit Rietveld Academy: To Abandon What Has Been

Gerrit Rietveld Academy: To Abandon What Has Been

It is named after a great architect, located in the southern part of one of Europe’s most interesting cities and...
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Mary Ann Scherr

Mary Ann Scherr

Machines have always fascinated Mary Ann Scherr – first the drill press, bandsaw and oxyacetylene torch, and now the computer;...
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Kathleen O’Rourke

Kathleen O’Rourke

Santa Fe jewelry designer Kathleen O’Rourke is describing a move whose opening shot shows a Celtic queen riding horseback, her...
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Computer Design of Jewelry

Computer Design of Jewelry

Professions and professional skills change over the years. In this context, it is an undeniable fact that computers have revolutionized...
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Production Jewelers: Design & Industrial Techniques

Production Jewelers: Design & Industrial Techniques

This is the second in a series of articles about production jewelers. This installment concentrates on design versus saleability, the...
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Watch Design Trends 2004

Watch Design Trends 2004

The latest watch and design trends in 2004 make it obvious that the trend is going towards larger casing sizes...
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The Art of Fork Lifting

The Art of Fork Lifting

The fork that lays to the left of the dinner plate has a rich past, not often enough considered when...
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The Jewelry of Sue Amendolara

The Jewelry of Sue Amendolara

Once upon a time, all art was about nature, the simplification or elaboration of natural forms. Egyptians assembled leaves of...
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Charles Loloma: Spirit of the New

Charles Loloma: Spirit of the New

On January 7, 1921, a son was born to Rex of the Sand and Tobacco Clan and Rachael Loloma of...
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Marriage Rites: The Ring as a Symbol of Eternal Faithfulness

Marriage Rites: The Ring as a Symbol of Eternal Faithfulness

In many cultures, exchanging rings as a symbol of eternal togetherness is an integral element of the wedding rituals. Other...
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Hermann Junger: Goldsmith Art is with Global Charisma

Hermann Junger: Goldsmith Art is with Global Charisma

Professor Hermann Jünger, one of the most defining personalities in goldsmith art over the second half of the last century,...
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The Jewelry of Barbara Seidenath

The Jewelry of Barbara Seidenath

When Venetian glassmakers sold out their state secrets to Czech glassmakers, Jablonec began its hegemony in glass beads. The region...
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Tricia Young

Tricia Young

Along with a desire to know how things work and how to do things, I have had a lifelong fascination...
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A Metalsmith’s Guide to Tokyo, Japan

A Metalsmith’s Guide to Tokyo, Japan

Nothing is simple in Tokyo—not the language, not the culture, not the geography. Even getting information is a major task...
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Phillip Fike

Phillip Fike

When I sought out a writing project Metalsmith proposed Phillip Fike, a founding member of SNAG, and resident of my...
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Katharina Bianca Vones: Deep Beneath the Sea

Katharina Bianca Vones: Deep Beneath the Sea

Since her first year of studies at the Edinburgh College of Art, Katharina Bianca Vones has been deluged with awards...
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China’s Treasure Island

China’s Treasure Island

Golden, white, and rose-colored pearls of dubious quality dangle from her outstretched arms. At least 20 more strands are draped...
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Heinz Brummel

Heinz Brummel

Upon entering his studio, anyone familiar with Heinz Brummel’s work will recognize the playful geometry of the vignette making up...
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The Jewlery of Alberto Zorzi

The Jewlery of Alberto Zorzi

People who think exclusively of geometric forms when they hear the name Alberto Zorzi only know half the story. His...
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Proudly South African

Proudly South African

Although the political situation has caused a reorientation and reevaluation of the entire society for years, not very much has...
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Charon Kransen Arts

Charon Kransen Arts

Charon Kransen, a New Yorker by choice, has dedicated himself with passion to innovative jewelry design – he has been...
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Master Metalsmith John Paul Miller

Master Metalsmith John Paul Miller

A provocative dilemma evolves when one attempts to use the written word to describe things which are in essence ineffable....
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Sigurd Persson: A Truly Genuine Modernist

Sigurd Persson: A Truly Genuine Modernist

The Swedish silversmith and designer Sigurd Persson retained his most typical characteristics to a ripe old age: his creativity and...
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Transformation of Metal into Metaphor

Transformation of Metal into Metaphor

The origins of metallurgy are shrouded in mystery, contributing to the mythology that dev eloped around the metalsmith's art. With...
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The Ganoksin and Orchid Community Story

The Ganoksin and Orchid Community Story

This talk was the part of a speech about the history of the Ganoksin Project Website and its growth. The...
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Hilde Leiss: A Very Special Jewelry Show

Hilde Leiss: A Very Special Jewelry Show

Where else, if not in Hamburg, this unique riverside city, has jewelry earned a platform that exceeds the bounds of...
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Angela Hübel: Sculptures for the Hand

Angela Hübel: Sculptures for the Hand

Large and comfortable – this is the style of the rings created by the Munich-based jewelry designer Angela Hübel. The...
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Agate: Nature’s Fingerprint

Agate: Nature’s Fingerprint

A petrified miracle of creation – most deserving of this kind of finely sensual description is agate. Agate is found...
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Klaus Ullrich: Pioneer and Pedagogue

Klaus Ullrich: Pioneer and Pedagogue

February 11, 1954: “Traces of work appear to be something akin to ornaments of contemporary society. If you, Klaus Ullrich,...
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Jade Snow Wong

Jade Snow Wong

Jade Snow Wong 1922 – 2006 Jade Snow Wong, an extraordinarily accomplished enamelist, ceramist, and author, died on Thursday, March...
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Otto Künzli: Freedom of Opportunity

Otto Künzli: Freedom of Opportunity

The various education centers for jewelry design offer very different ways of completing a course of stuides to become a...
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The Jewelry of Vincent Ferrini

The Jewelry of Vincent Ferrini

On the second floor of a historic wooden building in an elegant shopping area of affluent Concord, Massachusetts, is found...
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Splendor Jewellery – A Labor of Love

Splendor Jewellery – A Labor of Love

Orsolya Ráski Nagy and Daniel Nagy Splendor Jewellery Budakeszi, Hungary First Place, Professional Excellence (4 or More Years in Business)...
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Samuel Yellin – Sketching in Iron

Samuel Yellin – Sketching in Iron

By the mid-nineteenth century, European ironwork was in decline due to innovations brought about by the Industrial Revolution. Cast iron...
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The Life and Times of J. Fred Woell

The Life and Times of J. Fred Woell

Fred Woell's spirit was born in and of the sixties. His molten slogans register, graffitt-ilike, upon the collective "wall" of...
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A Faberge Inspired Mechanical Jewelry Egg

A Faberge Inspired Mechanical Jewelry Egg

Early in 1984 Jack called to see if I'd be interested in creating an anniversary gift to celebrate twenty-five years...
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Bench Tool Junkies

Bench Tool Junkies

What you should be is excited to read this article and see what others just like you have to say...
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Fabergé: Jeweler to the Tsars

Fabergé: Jeweler to the Tsars

Fabergé – the name carries special significance even today. It is inextricably linked with the glamour of pre-revolution Russia. Fabergé’s...
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Peter Macchiarini: A Modern Bohemian

Peter Macchiarini: A Modern Bohemian

An article in the February 19, 1982 issues of the San Francisco Chronicle ironically suggests that "No body of water,...
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Olaf Martens: Masks and Facades

Olaf Martens: Masks and Facades

Masks & Facades – Perspectives on St. Petersburg is a book handling themes of jewelry and the pleasure of wearing...
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Alberto Alessi

Alberto Alessi

When the Tea and Coffee Piazza was introduced to the US by the Max Protetch Gallery in the early 1980s,...
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Lapponia: Jewelry Art from Finland

Lapponia: Jewelry Art from Finland

The unique style of the designers Björn Weckström, Zoltan Popovits, Christophe Burger, and Pekka Hirvonen has been the creative imprint...
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Joe Wood: The Manifest Idea

Joe Wood: The Manifest Idea

Joe Wood says he was first attracted to jewelry for its economy – the opportunity to focus a great deal...
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A Metalsmith’s Guide to Toronto

A Metalsmith’s Guide to Toronto

In the Ojibway language, Toronto means "meeting place." At this site on the northern shore of Lake Ontario 18th-century French...
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James Cromar Watt

James Cromar Watt

Editor’s Note: This is the full text of a speech, submitted by Florentina Nichols, given by Christine Hew at the...
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Master Metalsmith Robert von Neumann

Master Metalsmith Robert von Neumann

This article was completed just weeks before Robert von Neumann's accidental fall and subsequent death on April 23, 1984. Books...
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The Art of Gold

The Art of Gold

'The Art of Gold,' curated by Michael Monroe, is the first major survey of contemporary American goldsmithing. The traveling exhibition...
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The Work of William Frederick

The Work of William Frederick

Daniel Pedersons planishing hammer came into the possession of William Frederick in a way that still provokes emotion. Pederson, a...
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Kim Rawdin: Philosopher Jeweler

Kim Rawdin: Philosopher Jeweler

In a poem of the T’ang dynasty, the cultivated man who eats his meal from a polished bowl gazes into...
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The Work of Yuyen Chang

The Work of Yuyen Chang

Chang's work is intentionally anthropomorphic, disturbingly so. She likens her technique to that of a plastic surgeon, shaping and sculpting...
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Ulrich Freiesleben: Intrinsic Values

Ulrich Freiesleben: Intrinsic Values

The assumption the business economist and philosopher Dr. Ulrich Freiesleben invented two revolutionary new diamond cuts out of pure boredom...
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35 Years of Electrum Gallery

35 Years of Electrum Gallery

Electrum Gallery was founded by Barbara Carlidge in June of 1971. She was prompted by the significant changes in the...
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Felieke Van Der Leest

Felieke Van Der Leest

The idea that she should become a goldsmith actually came from her biology teacher. Could this be the reason why...
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Gilbert Poillerat

Gilbert Poillerat

Gilbert Poillerat French ironwork of the 1920s, as exemplified in the work of Edgar Brandt, represented a pinnacle of technical...
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The Jewelry Art of Lisa Gralnick

The Jewelry Art of Lisa Gralnick

Lisa Gralnick makes jewelry of rare power from imagined artifacts of our own time. Its extraordinary impact derives from her...
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The Work of Don Tompkins

The Work of Don Tompkins

Tompkins was born in 1933 in Everett , Washington. His Parents were lifelong teachers, mainly in small rural western schools,...
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Cecilie Hveding

Cecilie Hveding

I attended a school for goldsmiths in Norway and worked as an apprentice for a total of 3 years before...
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Andrzej Bielak: Goldsmithing in Poland

Andrzej Bielak: Goldsmithing in Poland

Andrzej Bielak emerged as a gallery owner from his production and design of jewelry. Together with his wife Barbara Kanska...
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The Hong Kong Design Institute

The Hong Kong Design Institute

The new campus is still a building site and will most likely not be ready for opening until 2009. However,...
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Chunghi Choo: The Energy Qi

Chunghi Choo: The Energy Qi

Chunghi Choo captures her joyful creativity in sensuous forms and beguiling surfaces, but, despite this sumptuousness, simplicity harmony and tranquility...
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Messages on Jewelry Designs

Messages on Jewelry Designs

As many and varied as the reasons may be to publicize a message or to make a very personal statement,...
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Gaudy Feathers Jewelry Tickles the Senses

Gaudy Feathers Jewelry Tickles the Senses

Light and filigree, yet robust and elastic: feathers are one of nature’s true works of art. This magnificently colored dress...
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Larissa Podgoretz

Larissa Podgoretz

I was introduced to enameling during a required Enamels course at the Bezalel Academy Jewelry Department. We were given an...
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David Secrest – The Man with X-Ray Vision

David Secrest – The Man with X-Ray Vision

On a desk in David Secrest's living room sits an antique ophthalmology machine. Meant for the examination of the inner...
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Claus Bury Architectonic Propositions

Claus Bury Architectonic Propositions

Claus Bury's rejection of his immediate past, a long standing European tradition in goldsmithing, and his defection to the fine...
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Dan Jocz: Wearable Lightness of Design

Dan Jocz: Wearable Lightness of Design

Flamboyant colors and forms ranging from the simple to the expansive characterize the sculptural jewelry of the American metalsmith and...
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Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School

Alchimia Contemporary Jewellery School

A recent graduate who is selected straight out of school for a book portrait, international awards and distinctions, students invited...
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Trinket to Talisman – Contemporary Charms

Trinket to Talisman – Contemporary Charms

Jewelry plays an ancient and well-documented role in broadcasting social status, but charm bracelets, known to almost all American women...
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Dirk Van Erp: Arts & Crafts Coppersmith

Dirk Van Erp: Arts & Crafts Coppersmith

Due to a recent comprehensive exhibition at the San Francisco Craft & Folk Art Museum, we reintroduce to our readers...
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The Jewelry of Sandra Enterline

The Jewelry of Sandra Enterline

Since earning a BFA at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1983, Enterline has narrowed her focus to a...
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Jewelry as Protective Ornaments

Jewelry as Protective Ornaments

Rarely do we think of jewelry as a matter of life and death. On the contrary, ornament is typically perceived...
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Frederick A. Miller

Frederick A. Miller

Over the last several years museums from around the country have been quietly purchasing sterling hollow ware made by Cleveland...
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Master Metalsmith John Prip

Master Metalsmith John Prip

One observation on the career of John Prip (more often called Jack) is the way in which the man and...
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The Ardagh Chalice

The Ardagh Chalice

Ardagh now is scarcely more than a place-name; it is in County Limerick in Ireland. In 1868, while a peasant...
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Conversation with Stanley Lechtzin on Olaf Skoogfors

Conversation with Stanley Lechtzin on Olaf Skoogfors

This is an excerpt from an interview with Stanley Lechtzin about the life of Olaf Skoogfors. Olaf Skoogfors and Stanley...
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Amber: The Mysterious Gold of the North

Amber: The Mysterious Gold of the North

A swirl of myths and sagas surround this clear stone, which burns, releasing a beguiling, aromatic scent. The interior of...
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The Jewelry of Glenda Arentzen

The Jewelry of Glenda Arentzen

At mid-career, goldsmith Glenda Arentzen still produces jewelry with the freshness that has been her hallmark for a quarter of...
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The Artemis Medallion

The Artemis Medallion

In northern Greece, sometime after the death of Alexander the Great, a master goldsmith fashioned this unusual medallion with its...
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Sandra Sherman

Sandra Sherman

It has been decades since .jewelers have started claiming they were artists, but the long legacy of craft-as-design continues to...
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Dan and Daniela Imre

Dan and Daniela Imre

Daniela: The thing about the jewelry is that it’s not just a little picture. It’s everything that surrounds it and...
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The Works of Solveig Haukaas

The Works of Solveig Haukaas

Solveig Haukaas started to work in an enamel workshop in Bergen, Norway when she was near 17 years old. One...
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Ador: Professional Arts Guild

Ador: Professional Arts Guild

One fundamental quality for a successful designer is the ability to manage a solo career, battling to establish ideas in...
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The Search for Modernist Style Jewelry

The Search for Modernist Style Jewelry

It was about seven years ago, I was living in Paris, spending a typical Sunday afternoon scouring the flea markets...
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The Jewelry of Donald Stuart

The Jewelry of Donald Stuart

Someone once called Donald Stuart a Renaissance Man, an that doesnt seem too far from the truth. In a career...
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21st International Cloisonne Jewelry Contest 2008

21st International Cloisonne Jewelry Contest 2008

Although the entry period was the busy Christmas season, The 21st International Cloisonne Jewelry Contest received about 100 entries from...
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In Memory of Saraa Hopea-Untracht, 1925—1984

In Memory of Saraa Hopea-Untracht, 1925—1984

Saara Hopea-Untracht died on Monday, the 25th of June this year. She lived and worked in Porvoo, Finland where she...
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5 German Jewelers Marketing Strategies

5 German Jewelers Marketing Strategies

Five German jewelers who chose not to follow the traditional vocational training of "master goldsmith," but rather opted to study...
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A Conversation with Bjorn Weckstrom

A Conversation with Bjorn Weckstrom

Björn Weckström, a Finnish designer who has enjoyed a virtually unparalleled opportunity in his native country, was the keynote speaker...
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Svenja John: Technoid Handicrafts

Svenja John: Technoid Handicrafts

Plastic is not a cheap, surrogate material for her jewelry art in the eyes of the Berlin-based designer Svenja John....
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The Work of Judy Evans

In a speech recently delivered at the Platinum Day Symposium, entitled Evolution of a Design, Ms. Evans detailed her affinity...
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Makriyanni: Symbolic and Narrative

Makriyanni: Symbolic and Narrative

A dark room paired with elements of light makes contemporary jewelry glow in Andronikos Sagiannos’ Gallery in Athens. He opened...
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Marilyn Druin: A Life Well Lived

Marilyn Druin: A Life Well Lived

An artist's studio can tell a story about the life and attitudes of the creative soul who inhabits the space....
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10 Years of Charlotte

10 Years of Charlotte

What started ten years ago as youthful pin jewelry is now becoming a valuable line. After all, Ehinger-Schwarz, the firm...
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Robert Lee Morris: The Business of Marketing Art Jewelry

Robert Lee Morris: The Business of Marketing Art Jewelry

Jewelry was never on his mind—at least not while he was studying art and anthropology in college. It was filmmaking...
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The San Francisco Metal Arts Guild

The San Francisco Metal Arts Guild

When I returned from Europe in 1951, my friend Margaret de Patta called and invited me to join a group...
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The Department of Trier

The Department of Trier

The Department of Gemstone and Jewelry Design of the University of Applied Sciences of Trier is the only one of...
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Pál Tóth Enamel Painting

Pál Tóth Enamel Painting

Pál Tóth, a wildlife painter, graphic artist, and enameler from Pusztaszer, Hungary, has been working with glass on metal since...
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Galleries: The Yaw Gallery

Galleries: The Yaw Gallery

This is a continuing series on galleries that specialize in jewelry and metalwork. The Yaw Gallery is owned and operated...
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Lisel Salzer

Lisel Salzer

Lisel Salzer, 99, Seattle Artist Who Fled Nazis by Sheila Farr, Seattle Times art critic from The Seattle Times, Tuesday,...
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Susan Hamlet: Culture Of Materials

Susan Hamlet: Culture Of Materials

"Culture of materials," an expression originating from the early 20th-century teaching of Russian Constructivist Vladimir Tatlin, defines the artist's deliberate...
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The Holloware of David Huang

The Holloware of David Huang

Several disparate techniques and a clear personal philosophy came together over a period of years to produce these extraordinary pieces....
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Barbara Cartlidge: Silver and Electrum

Barbara Cartlidge: Silver and Electrum

What were you doing in June 1971? Are you still doing it today, 25 years later, and in the same...
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Caroline Broadhead: Jewelry and Beyond

Caroline Broadhead: Jewelry and Beyond

Deborah Norton interviewed Caroline Broadhead regarding her recent retrospective at the Crafts Council in London and her recent change from...
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The work of Robly Glover

The work of Robly Glover

Archetypal images in sheet-constructed holloware, the vessels of Robly Glover give concrete form to the most ethereal and intuitive of...
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Germans and Japanese: Barring Punctuality

Germans and Japanese: Barring Punctuality

Barring punctuality, Germany and Japan don’t seem to have a lot of things in common culturally. Still, the ties that...
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In Memory of Adda Husted-Andersen, 1900-1990

In Memory of Adda Husted-Andersen, 1900-1990

On September 13, 1990, Adda Husted-Andersen, familiarly known as Andy, died in Copenhagen, Denmark, her native land. She was a...
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Architectural Hardware Today

Architectural Hardware Today

Some 20 years ago, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London sponsored "Towards a New Iron Age, "aninternational exhibition of...
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GZ Art+Design Spots 2008 2

GZ Art+Design Spots 2008 2

Success in Silver Even as a child, he wanted to be an artist - today he is an internationally renowned...
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Lynda Watson-Abbott: Visual Diaries

Lynda Watson-Abbott: Visual Diaries

Some people keep written diaries, others carry a camera, while others use the latest in video technology to record their...
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Getting to know Mark Loren

Getting to know Mark Loren

This article is an interview with jewelry designer Mark Loren. Read on to get his insights and genius behind his...
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Max Frölich

Max Frölich

Two gold brooches arrive in the post – each bear an applied spiral on the surface not unlike Brancusi’s symbol...
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Artistic Jewelry Austrian Galleries

Artistic Jewelry Austrian Galleries

Many galleries have tried to exhibit artistic jewelry in the past, but only few remained. They have gained international reputation...
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John Cage: Seeing Sound

John Cage: Seeing Sound

John Cage was a pioneer of modern sound art with his idea of incorporating complete silence and accidental everyday noise...
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Creative Freedom with Technology

Creative Freedom with Technology

The jewelry industry has seen a veritable flood of new technologies in recent years—from CAD/CAM and laser welders to new...
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Wilhelm Krische: Jewelry Stone Made of Milk

Wilhelm Krische: Jewelry Stone Made of Milk

In 1898, Wilhelm Krische, owner of a factory that made history books and a stone printing shop, patented one of...
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The Enamelware of Sarah Perkins

The Enamelware of Sarah Perkins

The tendency to dismiss enamelwork as a superficial art­literally, as a matter of surfaces glossing over the duller hues of...
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The Track Record of the Modern Watch

The Track Record of the Modern Watch

The track record of the modern watch was when the art of watch making mutated from a more or less...
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Netsuke: Miniature Masterpieces

Netsuke: Miniature Masterpieces

Kimonos have neither pockets nor button. Things such as wallets or small, lacquered boxes with lots of compartments (inro), containers...
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Exhibition Concept Evokes Wanderlust

Exhibition Concept Evokes Wanderlust

With his international exhibition concept, which supports and promotes dialogue between foreign jewelry artists and those from Germany, Udo Adam-Pasquale...
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A Dedication to Olaf Skoogfors

A Dedication to Olaf Skoogfors

Born in Bredsjo, Sweden, June 27, 1930, Olaf Skoogfors initially came to the United States when he was four years...
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Dorothee Striffler: Queen of Quads

Dorothee Striffler: Queen of Quads

Dorothee Striffler has made her choice: the square is far and away her favorite form. And, there are good reasons...
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The Enamel Arts Foundation Goals

The Enamel Arts Foundation Goals

Bernard N. Jazzar, President of the Board of Directors of the newly formed Enamel Arts Foundation, announces that the Foundation...
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Metalsmith ’86 Fall: Exhibition Reviews

Metalsmith ’86 Fall: Exhibition Reviews

This article showcases the various exhibitions in the form of collected exhibition reviews published in the 1986 Fall issue of...
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Fridl Blumenthal: Grand Dame of Metalwork

Fridl Blumenthal: Grand Dame of Metalwork

Having turned 80 with the spring this year, Fridl Blumenthal qualifies as a grand old lady of metalwork. Like grande...
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Jewelry Companies Help Save the Planet

Jewelry Companies Help Save the Planet

Green. What was once seen as a fringe-element rallying cry has grown into a planet-changing initiative that touches countless aspects...
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Ken Vickerson: Mind and Matter

Ken Vickerson: Mind and Matter

Ken Vickerson’s jewellery is a study in balance. While respected as a consummate craftsman, a deep philosophical streak compels this...
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Cheuk Ying Kwan – Purposely Imperfect

Cheuk Ying Kwan – Purposely Imperfect

Cheuk Ying Kwan Hong Kong Design Institute Hong Kong First Place, Future of the Industry Cheuk Ying Kwan, a student...
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Worn Symbols: The Varied Forms of Body Jewelry

Worn Symbols: The Varied Forms of Body Jewelry

People have adorned their bodies all round the globe since the dawn of time. They drew on paints, scars, tattoos,...
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Observations: Alyssa Dee Krauss

Observations: Alyssa Dee Krauss

A number of metalsmiths have shown an interest in including text as an integral part of their work. Many of...
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Wolf-Peter Schwarz: When It’s Night in Helsinski

Wolf-Peter Schwarz: When It’s Night in Helsinski

...it’s daybreak in Honolulu. Wolf-Peter Schwarz known to most jewelry-cognoscenti as the inventor of Charlotte variable jewelry, has come up...
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Antonio Bernardo: Jewelry, to Touch Hearts

Antonio Bernardo: Jewelry, to Touch Hearts

From autodidact to prize-winning designer: 30 years ago, the Brazilian national Antonio Bernardo founded his jewelry production firm in Rio...
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Thomas Gentille: Performance of the Ephemeral

Thomas Gentille: Performance of the Ephemeral

Although Thomas Gentille has the distinction of having a black ceramic glaze named for him, it is his little-known recovery...
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The Mysterious Power of Gold

The Mysterious Power of Gold

The artistic treatment of jeweler in South Africa has long been a subject of neglect. Now, this nation with its...
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Peter Schmid: A Mild Transition

Peter Schmid: A Mild Transition

It is a year now since Peter Schmid took over the reins from the world-renowned goldsmith and designer Michael Zobel....
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Gold: Here Comes the Sun

Gold: Here Comes the Sun

Whether in ancient Greece or in China, in Peru or India, gold has not only been appreciated due to its...
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Watch Design Arising from Diversity

Watch Design Arising from Diversity

Watches are normally round or angular, usually with an analogue and sometimes an additional digital display. In the past decades,...
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Ornamentum Gallery: A Jewel in Constant Transition

Ornamentum Gallery: A Jewel in Constant Transition

His cosmopolitan origins are reflected in the choice of artists that he represents. Together with his wife, Laura Lapachin, Stefan...
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Robert Lee Morris: Rebel with a Cause

Robert Lee Morris: Rebel with a Cause

Robert Lee Morris is a one-man revolution in the contemporary jewelry industry. What first comes to mind when you hear...
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Fads and Fallacies: Renegade Ornament

Fads and Fallacies: Renegade Ornament

Over the last several years, a growing number of North Americans have been obtaining nontraditional pierces. Pierced penises, nipples, navels,...
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Kremlin Armory: The Czar’s Gold

Kremlin Armory: The Czar’s Gold

The Kremlin Armory houses unique collections of precious items that mirror the artistic wealth of the country and the relations...
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Lisa Norton

Lisa Norton

While Lisa Norton’s works give evidence to her interest in the concepts of value, utility, function, form and the cultural...
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The Enamelware of Alan Mudd

The Enamelware of Alan Mudd

The English enameller, Alan Mudd, born in Lancashire, began his studies in the fine arts, and served an indentured apprenticeship...
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Isabella Corwin

Isabella Corwin

Isabella Corwin resides in Maine, only 65 feet from the ocean. Her setting influences her with it's flotsam and jetsam....
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James Evans Jewelry & Small Objects

James Evans Jewelry & Small Objects

This article is a review on the Jewelry & Small Objects Exhibition by James Evans held at the Prime Canadian...
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Munsteiner Generations

Munsteiner Generations

After many years of success, Bernd Munsteiner, one of the most renowned, creative, and innovative gemstone cutters from the village...
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The Work of Mark Rooker

The Work of Mark Rooker

Missiles chase one another around Mark Rooker's Circular Reasoning. Beneath the smoke plumes, lustrous silver water ripples on the bracelet's...
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Felicia Liban and Learning to Enamel

Felicia Liban and Learning to Enamel

While living in Little Neck, NY, during the mid-sixties, I took an enameling class at the local YWHA. It took...
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The “Crystal” of the Royal Ontario Museum

The “Crystal” of the Royal Ontario Museum

A visit to Bloor Street and Avenue Road here in Toronto, Canada brings you face to face with the old...
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Enameled Jewelry of Hali Baykov

Enameled Jewelry of Hali Baykov

The modern designer-jeweler must contend with a great range of alternative ornaments: with antique pieces and diamond studded ornaments, with...
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James Metcalf

James Metcalf

“Just what did I find in Santa Clara? Why did I feel this mountain village surrounded by pine forests was...
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Antonia Schwed A Life of Creativity

Antonia Schwed A Life of Creativity

Antonia Schwed, who died peacefully in September 2006, was one of the great enamelists of our time, and a pioneer...
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Novorit: Colorful Imagery

Novorit: Colorful Imagery

The Novorit polyceramics system has been on the market for a year and offers fascinating possibilities for the creative color...
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Gary Griffith’s Jewelry and Constructions

Gary Griffith’s Jewelry and Constructions

When Gary Griffith wrote this poetic meditation (see below) on the status of his work for an exhibition at the...
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Production Jewelers: Marketing Production

Production Jewelers: Marketing Production

This is the third in a series of articles from Metalsmith about production jewelers. This installment concentrates on marketing production...
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Linda MacNeil

Linda MacNeil

Linda MacNeil “How do I get inspired? That’s one of the hardest questions”, muses Linda MacNeil. “I look through art...
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Leslie Leupp: Exploring the Possibilities

Leslie Leupp: Exploring the Possibilities

A year before the first appearance of the Memphis collection at the Milan Furniture Fair in 1981, Leslie Leupp was...
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Tahitian Pearl: In The Black

Tahitian Pearl: In The Black

It seems as though the Tahitians were granted their wish: Tahitian pearl supply is down, and prices are up. Strict...
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Ted Muehling: Sensual Punctuation

Ted Muehling: Sensual Punctuation

Before moving his studio operation to a ground-floor space in Soho, just last year, Ted Muehling lived and worked in...
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Galactic Jewelry – Galaxie

Galactic Jewelry – Galaxie

The most copied and still a hit: the pearl necklace “Galaxie” by pars pro toto puts its tenth birthday behind...
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Czech Jewelry Artistry: A Melting Pot of Art

Czech Jewelry Artistry: A Melting Pot of Art

The development of Czech jewelry design is contectualised within a wide spectrum of artworks, objects, sculptures and jewelry in its...
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Pioneers in Enamel

Pioneers in Enamel

Ellamarie and Jackson Woolley. The names are always said together, blended as if they were one person. Yet this visionary...
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Arezzo Oro D’Autore: Jewelry as Homage

Arezzo Oro D’Autore: Jewelry as Homage

Several Italian locations are bound to the typical manufacturing that has made them famous: Murano has its glass, Torre del...
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Sabine Brandenburg-Frank and Egon Frank

Sabine Brandenburg-Frank and Egon Frank

The goldsmithery and jewelry factory of Dr. Sabine Brandenburg-Frank and Egon Frank is located in an imaginatively-remodeled country house in...
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An Interview with Leila Tai

An Interview with Leila Tai

In this article, renowned enamelist Leila Tai discusses her many motivations and inspirations as well as her creative process in...
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Towards a New Iron Age Exhibition

Towards a New Iron Age Exhibition

Three weeks before "Towards A New Iron Age" was to open at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina, it...
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Modern Africa: A Jewelry Project

Modern Africa: A Jewelry Project

The contents of some projects are not restricted solely to creating a presitigious symbolic value, but which instead provide an...
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Pforzheim University: Reflecting Reality and Creating an Identity

Pforzheim University: Reflecting Reality and Creating an Identity

There are a lot of goldsmiths and jewelry designers out there who would state unequivocally that the Faculty of Jewelry...
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Telling Pearl’s Story

Telling Pearl’s Story

Pearl jewelry has come a long way from the days of grandmother’s proverbial strand of round pearls. In today’s retail...
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Megan Thorne on Lene Vibe’s Magical Jewelry

Megan Thorne on Lene Vibe’s Magical Jewelry

Megan Thorne, owner of Megan Thorne Fine Jewels in Fort Worth, Texas, loves antique jewelry. In fact, she shares that...
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Master Metalsmith Svetozar Radakovich

Master Metalsmith Svetozar Radakovich

This appreciation by Robert McDonald, former chief curator of the La Jolla Museum of Contemporary Art in California, was written...
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Frederic Braham: Jewelry As Fine Art

Frederic Braham: Jewelry As Fine Art

Frederic Braham selects the technique and material for a piece of work depending on what the idea demands. He is...
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Intergem: First Address for Gemstones

Intergem: First Address for Gemstones

Hosting over 130 exhibitors and welcoming roughly 3,000 show guests from all over the world, the Intergem is the leading...
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New Zealand Enameling Culture

New Zealand Enameling Culture

When one looks at a world map to find New Zealand, it's easily overlooked due to its location and size....
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Tone Down, Dress Up

Tone Down, Dress Up

This year’s fall and winter fashions are decidely subdued. The necklaces worn at Anna Sui’s Fall 2006 show reflect the...
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The Enamelware of Pat Peat O’Neil

The Enamelware of Pat Peat O’Neil

Pat Peat O'Neil, now ninety-two, started enameling in Girl Scouts when she was sixteen. They used a torch to fire...
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The Holloware of Myra Mimlitsch-Gray

The Holloware of Myra Mimlitsch-Gray

Myra Mimlitsch-Gray occupies a well-recognized position in the field of metalwork. She produces both jewelry and holloware, the latter being...
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British Jewellery and German Jewellery

British Jewellery and German Jewellery

On British Jewellery and German Jewellery, contrary to what one might infer about this exhibition, mounted at the Crafts Council...
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Byron Wilson

Byron Wilson

Sculptor, jeweler, teacher, pioneer in large-scale studio metal casting, Byron Wilson has just turned 73 years-of-age. He is a fascinating...
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Randy Long: Works in Metal

Randy Long: Works in Metal

This article is a review on the Works In Metal Exhibition by Randy Long held at the Fine Arts Gallery,...
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Mystery Box Jewelry Challenge

Mystery Box Jewelry Challenge

Welcome to the Mystery Box Challenge! You are among the select designers who have received this box of materials, Your...
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Atelier Gilmar: There was the Idea

Atelier Gilmar: There was the Idea

For 25 years now, the married couple and British goldsmiths Gill and Alan Saunders have run their own studio under...
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The Work of Lisa Jenks

The Work of Lisa Jenks

Eighteen months ago, New York City-based designer Lisa Jenks began a partnership with Origins, the well-known skin care products store....
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John Marshall – The Birth of Time

John Marshall – The Birth of Time

John Marshalls position in American art is an awkward one. His sculptures of fine silver with acrylic, Corian, wood, and...
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Chhaya Kapadia: Exotic Design

Chhaya Kapadia: Exotic Design

The New York-based designer Chhaya Kapadia has now produced a new line featuring motifs taken from the exotic flora and...
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Wendy Ramshaw Retrospective Exhibition

Wendy Ramshaw Retrospective Exhibition

This exhibit, which originated at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in 1982, will be traveling for two years...
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Serik Rysbekov

Serik Rysbekov

Serik became acquainted with enamel while studying at college. He graduated in 1988 with the specialty of "Art Processing of...
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Internationale Handwerksmesse: A Rendez-vous of Art

Internationale Handwerksmesse: A Rendez-vous of Art

The fields of art, craft and design are becoming increasingly intertwined and the boundaries between them ever more fluid. The...
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Hans Appenzeller’s Elegant Designs

Hans Appenzeller’s Elegant Designs

In April of 1983, a simple and relatively unpretentious store joined the ranks of the illustrious "boutiques" and other high-priced...
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Fred Fenster: Function and Ceremony in Pewter and Silver

Fred Fenster: Function and Ceremony in Pewter and Silver

Fred Fenster is a compact man whose quiet friendliness and diffidence belies the intensity that lies just beneath the surface...
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Agate: The Essence of Beauty

Agate: The Essence of Beauty

Agate cameos are made from dyed multiple layered agates, which are a regional specialty of the cutters around Idar-Oberstein in...
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Felix Lindner: Play with Ciphers

Felix Lindner: Play with Ciphers

For Felix Lindner, a goldsmith who was born in Erfurt in 1973 and has lived there for some time now,...
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Galleries: Quadrum Gallery

Galleries: Quadrum Gallery

This is the third of a series on galleries that specialize in jewelry and metalwork. The Quadrum Gallery is owned...
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Zoe Zong – Sky Is the Limit

Zoe Zong – Sky Is the Limit

Zoe Zong ZoeZong LLC McKinley, Texas First Place, Professional Design Excellence (1-3 Years in Business) "We're born, but we make...
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Shining Light Over South Africa

Shining Light Over South Africa

A bright light shone over the world of South African design for the seventh time when the DTC Shining Light...
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Carol Kumata: Pandora’s Box

Carol Kumata: Pandora’s Box

"How to Wrap Five Eggs" was a dilemma posed by a cult book of Japanese packaging design in the mid-1960s....
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Christian Bauer: Wedding Rings

Christian Bauer: Wedding Rings

Christian Bauer is one of the major global players in the wedding ring business. The hightech smith from Welzheim near...
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Julie Mihalisin

Julie Mihalisin

“It’s one of those childhood memories that doesn’t escape you, but I remember being a kid, and I don’t remember...
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David Paul Bacharach – Weaving in Metal

David Paul Bacharach – Weaving in Metal

David Paul Bacharach is a part of the growing contingent of American metalsmiths who are challenging the Modernist tradition of...
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Living Diamonds Fauna and Flora

The Antwerp Diamond Council (HRD) organized from 10th October to 10th November 2002 the exhibition “Living diamonds, fauna and flora...
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Metalsmith ’87 Fall: Exhibition Reviews

Metalsmith ’87 Fall: Exhibition Reviews

This article showcases various exhibitions in the form of collected exhibition reviews published in the 1987 Fall issue of the...
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Gijs Bakker: Car Brooches

Gijs Bakker: Car Brooches

“I don’t wear jewels, I drive them!” This statement by the Dutch jewelry and product designer Gijs Bakker wrote history...
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The Intimate Abstractions of Rachelle Thiewes

The Intimate Abstractions of Rachelle Thiewes

The third week of October was, ostensibly, a week like any other. But in the art world, it was a...
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Eternity Keeps Longest

Eternity Keeps Longest

Watch enthusiasts have long since succumbed to the elaborate and additional mechanical functions, the so-called complications. Classics among them include...
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Jessica Calderwood

Jessica Calderwood

Jessica Calderwood's work consists of enamels that walk a fine line between the beautiful and the bizarre. The process of...
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Karl Drerup

Karl Drerup

Enamelist Karl Drerup's (b.1904) successful career in the United States illuminates the mid-century craft revival in this country. Arriving on...
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In Memory of Olaf Skoogfors, 1930-1975

Olaf Skooglors died at the age of 45 on December 20, 1975. In memory of Olaf Skoogfors these excerpts were...
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Ellensburg Funky

Ellensburg Funky

Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington, is ninety miles east of Seattle across the high Cascade Mountains range and a...
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The Washington Guild of Goldsmiths

The Washington Guild of Goldsmiths

It all began in 1978. Gretchen Klunder-Raber issued an open invitation to all persons interested in metalsmithing in the Washington,...
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Meredith Beau

Meredith Beau

Recent cultural developments in America can be characterized by a conspicuous blending of manner and subsequently, class distinctions. The image...
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Master Metalsmith Harold Stacey

Master Metalsmith Harold Stacey

Growing up in the house of a silversmith is an unusual experience, the more so if the place where one...
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Aninka Harms: The Closure of Circles

Aninka Harms: The Closure of Circles

In her 20th year of creating jewelry, Aninka Harms has returned to the place where her training as a designer...
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Marcia Bruno: Exploring the Fluidity of Tension

Marcia Bruno: Exploring the Fluidity of Tension

Marcia Bruno has had to work long and hard to reach the level of simplicity for which she is becoming...
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Sepp Schmolzer: Realm of Fantasy

Sepp Schmolzer: Realm of Fantasy

The Carinthian goldsmith, photographer and painter Sepp Schmolzer exercised a highly significant influence on jewelry design in the second half...
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Ewa Buksa Klinowska

Ewa Buksa Klinowska

I have been an artist in enamelling for nine years. In 1999, I took a specialist jewellery course with completely...
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The Representation in Contemporary Metals

The Representation in Contemporary Metals

My recollection of the first piece of metalwork I owned is of a pin consisting of two poodles connected by...
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Getting to Know Gregore Morin

Getting to Know Gregore Morin

This article is an interview with jewelry designer Gregore Morin. Read on to get his insights and genius behind his...
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Nico Taeymans: Jewelry and Other Stories

Nico Taeymans: Jewelry and Other Stories

The Belgian designer Nico Taeymans has a lot of stories to tell: The one about the boy who grew up...
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London-based Artist: Barry Sack

London-based Artist: Barry Sack

Barry Sack is a London-based artist who also works and lives in his native South Africa. Barry is a painter,...
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World Mining Report 2005 – The Middle East

Colored gemstone mining is a hard thing to pin down. The vast majority of mining is still done by independent,...
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The Work of June Schwarcz

The Work of June Schwarcz

There are few artists who can subtly control the relationship between what they perceive and the manner in which this...
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1984 Jewelry International Exhibition

1984 Jewelry International Exhibition

With the exception of "New Departures in Jewellery," held at the American Craft Museum last summer as part of the...
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The Price of Gold

The Price of Gold

While gold's mystique is indisputable, we must resist being so entranced by its luster that we fail to recognize and...
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AHCI: The Tinkerers’ Club

AHCI: The Tinkerers’ Club

Together they’re a collective of elitists: The most creative and best watchmakers have joined forces in the Academie Horlogére des...
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1982 Sculptural Jewelry Exhibition

1982 Sculptural Jewelry Exhibition

Sculptural Jewelry ‘82 Contemporary Artisans Gallery, San Francisco October 27-November 20, 1982 Under the theme "Sculptural Jewelry '82" Contemporary Artisans...
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The Attraction of Visions: Inhorgenta Europe 2004

The Attraction of Visions: Inhorgenta Europe 2004

At the start of the year, inhorgenta europe in Munich will provide answers to the questions on how jewelry will...
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Andy Berck: The Slightly Different Gemstone Trader

Andy Berck: The Slightly Different Gemstone Trader

Getting the best and not the most out of every stone – this is the motto employed by the gemstone...
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Gorham Masterpieces in Metal Exhibition

Gorham Masterpieces in Metal Exhibition

Gorham Company was 45 years old when its 2,000-ounce "Century Vase" celebrating the nation's centennial won great acclaim at the...
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John Prip/Jack Prip: Arrangements of Changeable Form

John Prip/Jack Prip: Arrangements of Changeable Form

This past year, we were treated to a major retrospective of the work of John Prip in an exhibition that...
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Paul Robilotti – Renaissance Collection

Paul Robilotti – Renaissance Collection

Paul Robilotti of Robilotti Fine Jewelers in Binghamton, New York, doesn’t like to let inspiration pass him by. He always...
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Linda Threadgill: Conceptualizing Ornament

Linda Threadgill: Conceptualizing Ornament

Threadgills keen interest in ornament undoubtedly arises from her longstanding practice of etching motifs into the surfaces of her works,...
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Barbara Heinrich on John Iversen’s Aesthetic

Barbara Heinrich on John Iversen’s Aesthetic

Editor’s Note: If we are what we eat, then are we whom we wear? While wearing your own jewelry designs...
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The Cutting Edge of Blade Design

The Cutting Edge of Blade Design

To Bryant Clark design is foremost, and the designs for his hand-crafted knives are created from his knowledge of history...
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The Work of ROY

The Work of ROY

Twenty first-century artists consider how best to relate to our changing world in a meaningful way. Pittsburgh artist ROY has...
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Leo Fried and Nanz Aalund – Siege of Herons

Leo Fried and Nanz Aalund – Siege of Herons

  Leo Fried and Nanz Aalund Blue Heron Jewelry Co. Poulsbo, Washington Responsible Practices Distinction Nanz Aalund was looking for...
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Contemporary English Jewelry: From Dusk Till Dawn

Contemporary English Jewelry: From Dusk Till Dawn

The history of contemporary English jewelry started in October 1952, when the young painter Gerda Flöckinger registered at the Central...
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Vada Clark Beetler,  1929-1984

Vada Clark Beetler, 1929-1984

Vada Clark Beetler, designer craftsman in metal, passed away December 7, 1984. A native of Columbus, Ohio, Vada Beetler received...
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Doneghy Collection of Southwest Indian Silver

Doneghy Collection of Southwest Indian Silver

At a time when the country is still reeling from the vogue for Indian jewelry displayed around the necks of...
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Masterpiece in Metal by Adolphe Himmel

Masterpiece in Metal by Adolphe Himmel

Among the most distinguished known surviving pieces of New Orleans-made silver is this tureen made by Adolphe Himmel. With its...
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GZ Art+Design Spots 2006 1

GZ Art+Design Spots 2006 1

Collect 2006 – discover the art of collecting The third Collect will take place at the Victoria & Albert Museum...
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More than Stainless Steel Can Say

More than Stainless Steel Can Say

The marketing concept of the new German stainless steel jewelry maker TeNo is as clear and clean-cut as the material...
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Tony Snodgrass: Flower Ring

Tony Snodgrass: Flower Ring

You never know how visiting the doctor could change your life. While Tony Snodgrass of Kent Jewelry in Rolla ,Missouri,...
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A Well-Devised Coincidence

A Well-Devised Coincidence

Sam Tho Duong always springs to mind whenever I think of ginger. The spicy and stubbornly shaped condiments is inextricably...
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GZ Art+Design Spots 2008 1

GZ Art+Design Spots 2008 1

Practical Experience Counts     What seems practically impossible in Germany is no problem at all in England. Here, applicants can apply...
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Metalsmith ’85 Fall: Exhibition Reviews

Metalsmith ’85 Fall: Exhibition Reviews

This article showcases the various exhibitions in the form of collected exhibition reviews published in the 1985 Fall issue of...
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Dyslexia: Tool or Trial

Dyslexia: Tool or Trial

I have long suspected that I have a great deal of "dyslexic" company in the arts. As more and more...
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Fritz Maierhofer: Message on the Issues

Fritz Maierhofer: Message on the Issues

Vienna-based jewelry designer Fritz Maierhofer is an important pioneer of modern individualized jewelry. As a protagonist of a new style...
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Missouri State University: Metal Under Glass

Missouri State University: Metal Under Glass

The recent exhibition, “Metal Under Glass,” at the Southwest Missouri State University, exemplifies some of the ways in which studio...
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Lloyd E Herman

Lloyd E Herman

While managing the renovation of the Smithsonian’s Arts and Industries Building, Lloyd Herman had a vision. In an independent proposal...
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Ornamenta 1 : International Exhibition of Contemporary Jewelry

Ornamenta 1 : International Exhibition of Contemporary Jewelry

This article is an overview  and contain details for Ornamenta 1:  International Exhibition of Contemporary Jewelry held on September 30...
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Successful Artists Collaboration

Successful Artists Collaboration

When Theo Janson and Vanessa Compton moved into the winding basement studio space on Toronto's Markham Street in May 1978,...
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The Tiffany & Co. Conservation Lab

The Tiffany & Co. Conservation Lab

The conservation lab, located at the Tiffany ' Co. manufacturing facility in Parsippany, NJ, is a long, stark room with...
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GZ Art+Design Spots 2007 4

GZ Art+Design Spots 2007 4

Happy Birthday: 25 Years of the Goldsmiths’ Fair Ben Day Katharina Vones Malcolm Betts David Goodwin Regina Aradesian   For over...
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Production Jewelers: Design, Marketing and Business

Production Jewelers: Design, Marketing and Business

This is the fourth in a series of articles from Metalsmith about production jewelers: design, marketing and business. ************************* Business...
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Edenta Swiss Quality

Edenta Swiss Quality

This specialist company has brought out a catalogue, tailor made for the jewelry and tool industry. It includes one of...
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Klaus Loose: For the Love of Metal

Klaus Loose: For the Love of Metal

The hammer falls powerfully on to the red, glowing iron. Sparks fly. Sunny the mare nervously whips its tail. The...
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The State of Metalsmithing and Jewelry

This article is a continuing dialogue on the State of Metalsmithing and Jewelry by Donald Friedlich and Judith Mitchell with ...
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Diana Porter: To Make Something Change

Diana Porter: To Make Something Change

Diana Porter: “I love all of it – my beautiful spacious shop in the center of Bristol with our workshop...
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Adel Chefridi: Homage

Adel Chefridi: Homage

We’re all nostalgic for something. Usually, it’s reminiscence from our childhood, as in Adel Chefridi’s case. Chefridi, owner of Adel...
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Final Projects at International Schools of Design

Final Projects at International Schools of Design

Information and limitless communication calls for an exchange of ideas and opinions above and beyond political borders and cultural spheres...
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