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Meet a jeweler: Gabrielle Desmarais

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Meet a jeweler: Gabrielle Desmarais

Gabrielle Desmarais was born in Quebec in 1983. She received a degree from the Jewellery School of Montreal in 2010. Following her graduation, she was awarded the Janis Kerman Prize for Emerging Artists and was the first prize winner of the 7th National Jewellery Student Competition in Canada. Since then, she is dedicated to her artistic practice and received grants from the Art Council of Quebec in 2011 and in 2012. Her strong interest in contemporary jewellery has encouraged her to pursue her education with workshops at Atelier en Route in France, with Wiilemijn De Greef and at Alchimia Contemporary...

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Can you tell glass from stone?

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Can you tell glass from stone?

We all know about the Italian Murano glass, but the fact is that the art of glass-making was inherited during the roman empire from the more ancient ancestry. The history of glass beads dates back to 3500 BC, when dedicated artists from Mesopotamia (the present-day area of parts of Iraq, Kuwait, Syria, Turkey and Iran) crafted them with ingenuity and finesse. Interestingly, at that time the beads were not only an adornment, but the ancient version of money, traded all around the developed world. Not to go deeply into the history I want just to show something that impressed me – the imitation of...

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ARTICLE22 - From bomb to jewelry

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ARTICLE22 - From bomb to jewelry

I want to tell you a peacebomb story. Close your eyes for a second and imagine Laos. Imagine all the most terrible images of poverty. And now I tell you – it is not the worst thing which happened to this country. It is THE MOST HEAVILY BOMBED COUNTRY IN HISTORY per capita. Between 1964 and 1973, against the backdrop of the Vietnam War, the Secret War was waged in neutral Laos. To contain the spread of communism, American B-52s dropped an average of ONE BOMB-LOAD EVERY EIGHT MINUTES, 24 hours a day, for NINE years. 80 million of the 250 million bombs dropped failed to detonate, leaving a deadly legacy...

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Koonyai Studio will support the water protection campaign

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Koonyai Studio will support the water protection campaign

Koonyai Studio announced that 5% from jewelry sales will be donated monthly to support the protesters until the whole North Dakota Access Pipeline ends. This initiative is aimed at fighting for clean water. A small group of people are fighting tirelessly to protect water. The Dakota Access Pipeline controversy has been in the news for several months with no end in sights. The pipeline is in path of many rivers, Native Americans burial site, and sacred lands. Many Native Americans and allies are currently protesting the process. In addition, the studio owner created a crowdfunding program “Send A Postcard” where you can buy a post...

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Geek jewelry from recycled electronic pieces

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Geek jewelry from recycled electronic pieces

Some 20 to 50 million metric tons of electronic waste are generated every year. New York’s Circuit Breaker Labs takes circuit boards from old computers, cell phones, calculators, monitors, and office telephones and transforms them into necklaces, bracelets, earrings, belt buckles and cufflinks. Guys, by saying “pieces from office telephones and transformers” don’t worry, you won’t look as if you are trapped in electronic cables! The pieces are quiet stylish, nice idea to contemplate your hipster or, even better, classical look (the contrast rules!).Starting from $30.  

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