Art can be considered the single richest phenomenon that distinguishes different aspects of a culture from each other, as well as differentiating it from other cultures prevalent elsewhere in the world. Art is a broad term, and it usually comprises sub-classes including painting, sculpture, music, dance, poetry, calligraphy, performing arts, and other forms of visual art. Thus anything which translates the human emotions or norms of a particular genre or era through the use of expressive mediums like colors, sound, words, and movement; can be classified as art.
Jewelry is an art form, it just happens to be art that is so portable that we can carry it around our little finger or dangle it from our ears or wrap it around our neck. Of course, I’m not talking about mass-produced jewelry bought at discount stores. That stuff did start out as art at some point but became grossly cheapened, in my opinion. Beautiful jewelry has the power of making the wearer feel more beautiful. If I could wear a perfect painting of a gorgeous sunset, I would. I can’t, so instead, I’ll wear a necklace that evokes that same beauty.
There are two things I love about making jewelry: discovering and playing with gemstones (a totally addictive habit), and even better, the joy of seeing someone light up when they put on one of my pieces of jewelry. I love making people feel good about themselves — and what can better do that than a piece of jewelry! I would hope all jewelers can say the same about their own creations, regardless of the type.
In short, I believe it is all art. We all create it for one reason or another. It pleases us — and hopefully, it pleases others. Isn’t that what art is all about? What do YOU think? Let me know in the comments section.