"Turquoise Inlay Belt Buckle" by Michael Grant, 2"h x 2.75"w, Peacock green web turquoise with sterling silver.Exhibits and Events - Lanning Gallery [Sedona Arizona]

Annual Michael Grant Exhibition

Artists' Reception Friday Evening,
November 7, 2014, 5-8 pm

Collectors are always eager for the annual exhibition of works from Master Jeweler Michael Grant. Grant is always fascinating for visitors to talk with; he has been hand-cutting stones and creating jewelry for over thirty years and his expertise in interpreting stones can be seen in each piece of jewelry he creates. Grant uses only the finest domestic turquoise from Nevada and Arizona as well as rare sugilite, coral, Afghan lapis and other extraordinary stones from around the world. He meticulously hand cuts each stone he works with, turns and polishes each then puts the stones together in unique combinations that create the brilliance of design and craftsmanship for which he is known.

This year Grant unveils turquoise inlay work that is truly outstanding and a new avenue for him. Grant's inlays are, untraditionally, of a subtle sculptural texture. Each stone is the result of seven precise cuts that give a slight bevel to its edges and fit it snugly, yet with individual distinction, beautifully into place. Grant may incorporate sterling silver within the lines of his design, as in a buckle of webbed green Peacock turquoise whose large center stone is offset from the slivers of stone that create a surrounding rectangle. A cuff bears five rectangles of webbed blue Kingman Birdseye turquoise inlaid directly within a background of webbed green Peacock turquoise; all over a sterling silver back.

With his overriding respect for the stones, Grant has never been one to etch his signature into a piece of jewelry; he has always wished for the beauty of a piece to stand alone over any meaning that his mark may give it. However, a new element to acquiring Grant's jewelry is that now major pieces will come with a certificate from Grant with information about where the stone(s) is from and how it manifests the design within the piece; a photo of the piece will be included, as will the artist's signature.

"Annual Michael Grant Exhibition" through November 30.

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