Ornament Magazine

VOL37.1 2014

Ornament is the leading magazine celebrating wearable art. Explore jewelry, fashion, beads; contemporary, ancient and ethnographic.

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jewelry arts Carolyn L. E. Benesh Variations On A Theme Gregore Morin Twenty-Five Years of Design from the American Jewelry Design Council 68 ORNAMENT 37.1.2013 C losing February 22, 2014, there is still plenty of time to make it over to New York City's Forbes Galleries to view its latest installation of jewelry. Produced by forty designers, all members of the American Jewelry Design Council, the jewelry is an exquisite presentation of their expertise. The designers professional careers have been notable for their emphasis on creativity, originality and excellence. Each one-of-a-kind piece on display is the result of a thematic design project with inspirational topics and is a selection from the very first in 1996 through 2013. The concepts have ranged from the Mona Lisa as a subject to Cube, Wheel, Key, Fold, Sphere, Water, Spiral, Ice, and Flight among others. The project's goal is to stimulate and challenge the artist members to devise jewelry from a unique perspective and outside the box of their more well-known creations. Introduced at the major jewelry trade shows, the innovative design projects join the permanent collection established by the AJDC, then go on to be shown at museums and galleries throughout North America. Most of the designers invited to join AJDC are masters who largely work in high karat gold, sterling silver and precious gemstones. The artists have received many national and international awards and widely exhibit their hand-fabricated jewelry. Dedicated to the excellence of their craft, they explore content as well as the surface possibilities of the expensive metals and gemstones utilized in their refined and elegantly realized works. Formed in 1988, the nonprofit organization has sought to acknowledge and support jewelry design as an artform and its mission statement emphasizes how it "is committed to raising the awareness of the jewelry trade, the art community, the media and the public about the aesthetic value of artistic fine jewelry."

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