For nearly a decade, customers have visited our store on Seminary Street and found a fabulous selection of fine handcrafted jewelry. We work with independent jewelry artists and specialize in a wide range of unique pieces, many one-of-a-kind you can't find anywhere else. We can also help you place a custom order. Trunk shows are providing us an opportunity to bring in and showcase a large collection of work by one artist for a brief period of time. Based on customer feedback and sales during the show, we retain a number of pieces for our inventory and return the larger collection to the artist.
Organizing these trunk shows has been a fantastic way for me as a gallerist to acquaint myself with an artist and his/her work and to bring some really special jewelry to town.
Currently, we are featuring a very large collection of work by Ginger Meek Allen. She sent us an excellent spread, including everyday favorites, more formal pieces and some stand out one-of-a-kind statement pieces. I spent several days photographing the jewelry so I could share with those of you who can't make it in, and make it available for you to purchase online. Spending so much time with her work, I am left with a really wonderful impression of her craft.
I'm taken by the simplicity, elegance and organic feel of Ginger's jewelry. Her silver forms are elegant, have exquisite little details, and move well when worn. And then her gems. First, I want to say that typical mass produced fine gemstone jewelry often feels to me somewhat removed from our human experience. It's pretty and eye-catching. But it lacks a human touch and I am not brought to think of the gems (found in conventional, mass-produced jewelry) as brilliant miracles of nature. In Ginger's jewelry, the gem stands out with her very human touch as she sets the stone with a sensitive and playful, carefully balanced use of sterling silver. Her signature settings elevate the precious stone above its already glorious and beautifully cut state. Light and color dance off her pieces. Ginger's work speaks to me of the formation of life and elements on our planet, our exploration of that as humans, and seeking balance. Her compositions, metalsmithing and stone-setting connects me to and raises my consciousness about the materials. Really?! All that from spending time with some pieces of jewelry?!
When my employee Liliana and I were first checking out Ginger's shipment, we were talking about how the jewelry made us feel. She said, "When I put this ring on my hand, I literally feel different. It feels so nice on."
The show is only here through October 9th, so take a look now!
Thanks for reading and for your support of independent artists!
Louise Rossiter writes about artists featured in our shop!