American Jewelry Design Council AJDC Exhibit Goes to Kent State University

By Monica

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Kent Raible, Secret Treasure, Cosmic Clam Ring, AJDC Exhibit.

In 1996, the AJDC began a tradition of asking each of its artists, whose membership is comprised of a carefully curated selection of designers, to create a design project based on a single concept or theme, usually a single evocative word like “Wave” or “Key.” The culmination of these projects is a unique collection of jewelry pieces joined by a solitary artistic concept.

Geoffrey Giles, Black and White Ring, AJDC Exhibit, in 18kt gold, silver, polyester resin.

The “Variations on a Theme” exhibit is a sampling of pieces culled from these themed projects from 1996 to 2013. Some of my favorite jewelry artists are represented in this collection: Cornelia Goldsmith, Jane Bohan, Alishan Halebian, Mark Patterson, Mark Schneider, Todd Reed, Kent Raible, and many more…

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Jane Bohan Tearful Bracelet, AJDC Exhibit, in sapphire, tanzanite, rose quartz, black garnet, moonstone, quartz, ruby, diamond briolette, gold, moire silk.

“Part of the AJDC mission is to educate the public, which is what prompted us to find a wider audience for our yearly projects,” explained Barbara Heinrich, President of the AJDC and one of the contributing artists. “This is an exhibition of art for art’s sake, and it is a beautiful showcase of American jewelry design as art.”

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Barbara Heinrich Secret Treasure Pendant, AJDC Exhibit.

Many of the designer members of the AJDC are also talented craftspeople, and in the educational spirit of the organization’s mission, they are offering an instructive session on jewelry design and fabrication for Kent State students.

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Paul Klecka, Tension, AJDC Exhibit.

The Kent State Museum houses one of the largest collections of contemporary and historic fashion in the US, offering an interesting opportunity, while this exhibit runs, for visitors to look at how American jewelry design and fashion design relate and communicate. It is definitely worth a visit if you are anywhere in the area: it is not often that the public gets to see such a concentrated display of American jewelry artists at the very top of their game. In May, the exhibit moves on to the Gemological Institute of America’s prestigious museum.

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Diana Vincent, Wheel Pendant, AJDC Exhibit.

To order a copy of AJDC’s absolutely gorgeous coffee table book of the jewelry designs represented in the show, click here.