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November 8, 2016

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In her Georgia studio, jewelry artist Helen Blythe-Hart creates what she calls wearable “rock gardens” from colorful gemstones.

The designer/artist: Grew up north of Chicago and spent her summers in Georgia with her family. Now living in McDonough, Blythe-Hart holds two degrees in jewelry: a BFA from Indiana University and a master’s degree from Georgia State University. A metalsmithing artist and educator for more than 40 years, she also has studied gemology through the Gemological Institute of America extensively on her own.

The goods: Works exclusively in precious metals (high karat gold and silver) and original jewels encrusted with colorful gemstones.

Inspiration: The fantastical forms of orchids (which she also grows) and ethnic adornments, which have the magical power to transform and elevate the wearer.

What’s popular: Earrings, pendants and rings (often using opal jewels) in the $300 to $900 price range.Big break: A metalsmithing museum in Germany purchased one of her sculptural pieces. The purchase allowed her to buy supplies and equipment that helped take her jewelry to the next level.

Claim to fame: Invented a revolutionary soldering method called “The Heat Zone” to help her students succeed with the torch. .

Where to buy: www.helenblythehart.com. In Atlanta, at the Topaz Gallery, 3145 Peachtree Road, Suite 177 (topazgallery.net). .

 

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