There are some amazingly beautiful items featured - and all are made without using gold, silver, or platinum. Here is the press release regarding the online exhibition. I hope that you will check it out and share with others! ~ Amanda Jensen
Online Exhibition: "Beauty Is In the Eye of the Beholder"
"Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder" showcases 247 images chosen
from entries from over 55 artists representing North America, South
America, Europe, Australia, Central America, Africa and Eurasia.
The drive to adorn the human body is surely as old as human kind.
From pre-historic times this drive has led humans to use the
materials at hand, combined with the technologies and tools
available, to create objects to adorn the human body. The oldest
jewelry found to date goes back to at least 75,000 years ago in
Early jewelry was made of bones, shells, sticks, and whatever other
materials the people could find and shape. Over time the ability to
mine and shape metal developed, and jewelry was made from bronze,
silver, gold, platinum and other metals. Gold has long been thought
of as a "precious" metal, and today it is joined by silver and
platinum as the three main materials modern jewelry is made from.
While much jewelry today is made from these three main metals, a
large body of jewelry world-wide is still made from a much wider
range of materials. This exhibition, "Beauty is in the Eye of the
Beholder", focuses on jewelry made primarily of materials other than
gold, platinum and silver.
Jewelers today are still using found objects such as shell and bone;
they are using "green" materials - upcycled and recycled objects and
materials; they are using cutting edge plastics and newly developed
technology; and they are using older metals such as copper, brass
Some of the more unusual materials include vinyl LP's, velvet, VCR
components, rattlesnake vertebrae, corian, canvas, paper, crab
claws, magnets, synthetic rubber electrical insulation tubing, and
aluminum grounding wire.
More traditional materials used include copper, bronze, brass,
glass, various types of wood, gemstones, pearls and seeds.
Techniques range from traditional metalsmithing, through a range of
beading techniques, textile techniques, photography techniques and
cutting edge industrial fabrication.
Participants range from professional jewelers with international
reputations to students just learning their craft.
Hosted on the Ganoksin website, the world's largest internet site
devoted to jewelry- related topics, the exhibition is a snapshot of
what jewelers around the world are exploring, and an inspiration to
all. The exhibition was conceived Beth Wicker, an artist from South
Carolina, in the USA, and curated by Beth and Hanuman Aspler, founder
of the Ganoksin Project.
Beauty Is In the Eye of the Beholder
For more information about the Exhibition please contact: Beth Wicker