Jeweler By Design: Jeff Georgantes

Save the date for our 4th annual "Jewelry By Design," September 25, 4:30-8:00 p.m. at Designer Gold. This year we are featuring our own artists and jewelry designers: Louisa Berky, Jeff Georgantes, Ruthie Murray, Orin Pacht and Paul Gross. The show will run from September 25 through October 10.

Jeff Georgantes

JEFF GEORGANTES

Many in the Upper Valley know Jeff Georgantes from his position as the head of the Jewelry/Metals program at Dartmouth College, but on occasional weekends Jeff can be found behind the bench at Designer Gold working on jewelry repairs. 

A California native, Jeff received an MFA in Jewelry and Metals from CSU, Fullerton and a BA in Art and an MA in Sculpture, both from CSU, Humbolt. Before venturing out East, Jeff taught Art at the College of the Redwoods in Eureka, CA for fifteen years, as well as, helped to develop and coordinate the Jewelry and Metals program at the Mendocino Art Center. 

A morning run through the woods or an evening walk along the beach provides inspiration for Jeff, as he is constantly on the hunt for natural materials or man-made objects to include in his wearable works of art. Many of his rings incorporate rocks he found on the Rail Trail in Lebanon!

Sterling silver ring with stainless steel, 14 karat yellow gold and garnet

Much of my assemblage work is rooted somehow in my environment, whether that’s urban, forest or beach. I like to juxtapose found objects that have inherent, yet overlooked beauty and contrast them with conventionally thought of precious materials such as calibrated gemstone, gold and silver.
— Jeff Georgantes

Under Jeff's keen eye, unexpected combinations and hidden details breathe life into long forgotten objects. Each piece is a snapshot of place and time that chronicles Jeff's travels, while also weaving together the varied narratives of the individual components. Many of Jeff's pendants (seen below) are two-sided, reflecting a sense of whimsy and layered history that is inherent in his work. 

Sterling silver pendant with found rock and garnet (front)

Same sterling silver pendant with snail shell and 14KY (back)

To read an extended version of Jeff's very entertaining bio or view more of his imaginative work, please visit his website at: www.jeffgeorgantes.com.