Geolithic Necklace

Sarah Loch-Test


Denton, Texas, United States

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This necklace is a collection of real and fictional rock formations captured in bronze prongs settings. I’ve paired the imagery and materials to offer contrasting environmental implications. The enamel pieces feature patterns inspired by rock formations and cross section images of the Permian Basin, which is a major source for the natural gas industry in Texas- which is detrimental and wasteful. The Thurmanite pieces are human produced objects whose colors and patterns mimic natural stones but are made with recycled materials.

Sarah's time spent living in Pittsburgh, a resilient city in a post-industrial era, heavily influenced her metalwork. Now she responds to how various forms of industry affect our environment and landscapes. She currently works as Metalsmithing & Jewelry area technician and adjunct instructor at the University of North Texas.

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