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Artist Statement

     The jewellery that you wear makes a statement about who you are and what you value. It gives a glimpse into your personality without saying a word. The focus of my jewellery making over the past 18 years has been to express my style through my creations. My medium of choice is recycled sterling silver, 14 karat gold, and 14K gold-fill. I combine cold join techniques with molten forms by melting and manipulating metals; incorporating organic, free form shapes that are found in nature. Other elements include ethically mined raw and polished diamonds, 18 kt gold, freshwater pearls, and cubic zirconias. A patina is sometimes used to give depth to the pieces. Other times a high shine bright finish is utilized.

     Like all creative work, mine is bound by my own visual experiences. I feel this style of mine originates from growing up on a farm in southwestern Ontario. I have a natural affinity for time-worn textures. Rusty fences, cracked and crumbling concrete, the posts, and beams of an antiquated barn are some of my inspirations.

     I'm always striving to make my collections timeless. I find the process of designing and fabricating to be immensely fulfilling. My goal is to create jewellery that is well made, comfortable, and most of all will have a personal connection for its wearer.

Joy Annett holding a mini torch making molten forms.
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