Artist Reception Friday
Evening, December 6, 2013, 5-8 pm
holidays mark our gallery's annual celebration of Master
Jeweler Michael Grant's latest creations.
This year the focus is on the remarkable quality of
Grant's stones. He uses only all-natural stones,
hand-cutting each himself to achieve the highest degree
of perfection; Grant is currently working with many of
the most important stones in his personal collection.
Those collectors familiar with the southwest's turquoise
mines know that recent years have seen several top mines
close. This means that high quality turquoise is harder
than ever to find.
Nevada's well-known #8 mine closed eight years ago,
leaving only piles of stone set aside as not worth going
through. Tastes were such that only particular
colorations of turquoise were desired. Today, tastes
have evolved to include many different shades and there
are still rare, high-quality stones to be found here.
But it is a rare event.
This past year Arizona's Sleeping Beauty mine closed.
Since tastes had already evolved by this time, the mine
has already produced all the turquoise it could; only
those suppliers who acquired Sleeping Beauty prior to
its closing have this prized turquoise available.
What does this mean for the turquoise jewelry market? It
means, naturally, that the growing scarcity of
high-quality turquoise is driving prices up and will
continue to do so. It also means that the growing
appreciation of a variety of turquoise colorations is
bringing more uniquely beautiful stones into fine
Other stones regularly used by fine jewelers are also
seeing restrictions. Sugilite, the exquisite purple
stone mined in South Africa is facing increased
regulations making it harder than ever to export the
For Michael Grant, who has been creating fine jewelry
for over thirty years and seriously collecting stone for
over twenty, a personal collection of high-quality stone
is allowing him to create many of his most significant
pieces. New necklaces, bolo ties, buckles, rings, cuffs
and earrings await visitors to Lanning Gallery. The
quality and colorations of his current stones are
stunning; the combinations of stones to which Grant
meticulously applies his consummate design expertise
remains without equal.
Stop by the opening for "Michael Grant: Master Jeweler"
and meet this top-caliber, always approachable artist.
Exhibition through December 31.
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