"Jewelry By Design" with Jeff Georgantes

     Designer Gold's third "Jewelry By Design" features Jeff Georgantes, Director of the Donald Claflin Jewelry Studio at the Hopkins Center, Dartmouth. We will open his exhibit, "The Well Traveled Path," with a reception on September 26 from 5 to 7:30 pm, open to the public. We hope we'll see you there. Jeff's exhibit will continue through the Holidays.   

     Jeff Georgantes started both his life and his career in the misty fog of the California Redwood Forest.  He spent most of his undergraduate summers traveling around the U.S. studying at schools like Penland, Haystack and The Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts under some of the best metalsmiths the world had to offer.  Twelve years later, he fell into a teaching position at California's College of the Redwoods.  Jeff went on to earn his MA in sculpture from CSU Humboldt and MFA in Jewelry/Metals from CSU Fullerton.  Still intent on expanding public appreciation for jewelry and metalsmithing, Jeff developed the jewelry/metals program at The Mendocina Art Center.

Bracelet made in the "Radical Jewelry Makeover" project: Made of a watch, silver bracelet and turquoise earrings.

Bracelet made in the "Radical Jewelry Makeover" project: Made of a watch, silver bracelet and turquoise earrings.

    The Upper Valley was lucky enough in 2005 to recruit Jeff to be the Director of  the Donald Claflin Jewelry Studio.  Anyone who has gazed through the class windows at the student jewelry workshop knows this is a great place to hang out and get creative.  Every term Jeff helps a few of the Dartmouth students create their own wedding rings.   

Sterling silver ring with washer, a piece of quartz Jeff found on the Rail Trail set with a garnet.

Sterling silver ring with washer, a piece of quartz Jeff found on the Rail Trail set with a garnet.

   For 15 years when he was not busy creating jewelry and sculpture, Jeff made the custom silver work for Skyhorse Saddles.  These days Jeff spends his mornings out walking in the Upper Valley collecting stones and objects whose inherent beauty is often unseen by the less artistic until Jeff sets them in wearable works of art. Six of his rings in this exhibit incorporate rocks he found on the Rail Trail in Lebanon!

Pin with stand designed by Jeff for the "Radical Jewelry Makeover"

Pin with stand designed by Jeff for the "Radical Jewelry Makeover"

    Please come and see if you can identify the stone you may have stepped on when out on a run or the every day object you didn't notice . . . until now. "The Well Traveled Path" is a journey everyone in the Upper Valley should experience.  It will enrich your life in some very unexpected ways. So stop in on September 26, between 5 and 7:30 pm and meet Jeff and enjoy some refreshment.