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How do we explain contemporary jewelry to those that have never heard to it? For a Fulbright presentation back in February, I collected the following images in effort to do just that. I had the group try to distinguish what they were looking at by pairing up “artists” with “jewelers” who work in similar aesthetic modes. It’s a game of cross-reference, an effort to get new eyeballs on the work by putting  jewelry artists in the same conversation as visual artists. I’ll mention that the use of quotations below indicate the common connotations of the words within them and should emphasize the absurdity of naming or labeling in general.

WHICH PIECES IS “JEWELRY” AND WHICH PIECE IS “ART” ? 

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IS THIS THE WORK OF AN “ARTIST” OR “JEWELER” ???? 

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IS THIS OBJECT “JEWELY” OR  AN “ARTWORK” ? 

WHICH IS WHICH? 

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“JEWELRY” OBJECTS OR “ART” OBJECTS?? 

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DO THESE THREE PIECES COME FROM THE SAME PERSON? 

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WHAT ARE EACH OF THESE OBJECTS??  

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FOR MORE INFO ABOUT DEFINING CONTEMPORARY JEWELRY, PLEASE CICK ON THE COSMOLOGY LINK AT THE TOP OF THE PAGE ! FEEL FREE TO SHARE ALSO!