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Cultivating Connections

Artisan Alley is a space where we celebrate the collaborations of silversmiths and lapidary artists. In addition to showcasing their handcraft ed art, we’ve asked each artist to explain a bit about the inspiration behind their contribution to the jewelry featured. The work is that of various lapidary artists and silversmiths, including members of the “Stone and Silver” Facebook group.

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Koroit Boulder Opal Pendant

Silversmith: Joy Kruse | Lapidary Artist: Julez Buell

Sometimes the connection with a material and the creative inspiration is immediate. Other times, it’s an evolution.

“A piece of Koroit boulder opal rough had been sitting near my computer for years so we could stare at each other”, explained lapidary artist Julez Buell. “And one day it finally told me it was ready to become marvelous!

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Rock & Gem April 2019, WorkShops in the Wild : Lifelong Learning at Wildacres, Emergence of Flourescence, Bladed Barite : In the East Potrillo Mountains, And More....