MOTH 2021 Auction ITEM50

Hope Grows

Estimated Value:$900

byDennis Tower & Mary Jo Weiss

Original Lapidary & Jewelry Design - 3" x 1"

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Mary Jo and Dennis collaborate each year to put together a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry for MOTH that combines Denny's lapidary arts and Mary Jo's jewelry design skills. To them, combining beautiful natural stones with outstanding jewelry design brings beauty, inspiration and hope. Of special note, inscribed on the back of the piece through the silver backing is an iris, which is the flower of hope. Materials in this piece include gold, silver, lapis and holly blue agate.

Artist Statement: Oregon Holly Blue agate collected by Dennis while a student at OSU in the 1960's is combined with deep blue Afgan lapis and set in a one-of-a-kind pendant of mixed contrasting precious metals, gold and silver, with a diamond accent by Mary Jo. Of special note is the iris, the flower of hope, inscribed on the back of the pendant.


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