One of the ring styles created by Gregory Pyra Piro in his jewelry are the C rings. The C rings have a C shape shank and have a more contemporary look. Although the C rings look uncomfortable, they are one of the most comfortable rings that you will ever try on. The inside of the ring shank is specially polished to give the rings a very smooth finish. Like other Gregory's rings, the C rings have a sterling silver ring shank base, which is entirely handmade. The handmade ring tops also entirely handmade have a 14 karat gold accents, which are solid gold and are not plated. One of the benefits of solid 14k gold accents is that if the rings need to be repolished or cleaned, the solid gold will not polish off like plated gold. Another benefit is that the rings have a unique concept that instead of them being all silver like most silver jewelry, they are both silver and gold. And when the sterling silver rings with solid 14 karat gold accents are worn over time the solid gold will not wear off like plated gold even if the ring is worn frequently. The C rings like other rings which Gregory creates have a variety of natural gemstones. The gemstones, first of all are all natural and Gregory does not set imitations of natural stones in his jewelry. So every ring that Gregory creates has natural gemstones. And not only that the stones are natural, but the setting that the stones go into are Gregory's special unique created settings, which are his own, settings found in Gregory's jewelry are not found in any other jewelry. These really are entirely handmade rings. The center stones in the rings are usually facet cut and may include: amethyst, blue topaz, citrine, garnet, peridot, and tourmaline. The center stones are the main stones in the rings and they can be accompanied by the melee or the smaller gemstones, which may be either precious or semi precious like the larger gemstones. The melee stones may include: diamonds, emeralds, white sapphires, blue sapphires, or rubies. Because Gregory's jewelry has a silver base the precious stones may be set in or around the solid 14 karat gold accents, but their size usually will not be more than 3mm. If a precious stone is any larger than that their price will exceed the cost of Gregory's rings and the stones may not be a very good match for Gregory's rings. Though what is most unique in Gregory's C rings is not so much that they have natural gemstones, but rather how the gemstones are combined together with other items. In Gregory's rings the natural gemstones can be combined together with artisan jewelry style items like glass, sea glass (please look around our website). This kind of combination is what makes Gregory's jewelry distinct and unique. Neither will most artists use natural faceted gemstones in their jewelry, nor will fine jewelry offered in jewelry stores have glass, sea glass, amber, etc, together with the faceted gems. But yet this unique combination is found in Gregory's jewelry and this is one of the main reasons why it is so unique. Some pieces showing faceted gemstones and sea glass are found on our sea glass page, and some pieces that have the glass with the combination of faceted gems are found on our glass page. And another unique item is the amber, which is also placed together in combination with the faceted gemstones. Some pieces showing amber with a combination of faceted gems is shown on our amber page. For an artist's jewelry to be unique there has to be something different and unique about it. In Australia where the opal is mined lots of jewelry offered has the opal. The opal in Gregory's jewelry is also combined with other facet cut gemstones. Please see our opal page. A little more common, the pearls, in Gregory's rings are combined with the gemstones roughly about half the time.
Today the artists from the first world countries are in competition with the artists from the third world countries as the economy now is global. Large portion of the world's population lives for under a dollar twenty five a day. And many people from the first world countries when they see stories about starving people would like to help them. There is nothing wrong with helping people. But, the artists from the first world countries today at least more or less are competing with artists who are from countries where people live for under a dollar twenty five a day. More or less. The artists that have to pay for the high cost of heating of their homes and art studios can be in competition with the artists who either do not have heat in their homes or do not even need it because of their climate. The artists that have private cars, electricity, and private internet can compete with the artists that may not even have electricity, and may only have the internet because there is an internet cafe in their local town. In one way the artists from the first world countries should have it easier because of better access to media, tools, advertising, and other resources. But do they have it easier if the artists have to pay for all this? It would be easier if the expenses would be even for both the first world country artists and the third world country artists. But the difference could be by one hundred times. The artists from the first world countries have about one hundred times as high expenses as the artists from the third world countries give or take, and the artists from the first world countries are in pressure to lower their price which makes running an art studio these days for most artists almost impossible to solely make a living from it. There is nothing wrong with exchange of cultures but what will now happen to the craftsmen and the artists of today in the first world countries? It all comes down to the consumer. The problem is that nobody on the consumer end cares. There is a huge indifference, ignorance, and apathy in the general marketplace. Why should artists have to take to teaching or other jobs just to stay afloat and not make a living out of their art studio? Not because the artists love to teach or because the artists like to sell art supplies, etc., but because in many cases the artists have no choice. And by the way in this situation for what will anyone need art supplies? Maybe for gifts that will collect dust? And in addition, in the market place, the consumer, who both the artists from the first world countries and the artists from the third world countries depend on, is very apathetic in responding to the goods that all the artists produce or try to produce. People today are very ignorant and indifferent and don't know why they should consume. It doesn't matter how good something is or what the price is, if the consumer does not support the artists this just all will not happen. In supporting the artist it doesn't mean charity. It means buying from the artist what they make. Not everyone can take a job in the supermarket, or the gas station. Some people have to do other work. But nobody thinks in these terms. And worse, most people don't even care and are indifferent to what is happening.
That's right. Nobody cares. In my opinion this is the reason for everything and the economy. It's because the consumer doesn't care. Not everyone can work in a restaurant, or be a cook, or be a taxi driver or a bus driver, or a professor, or an engineer. There are people who have to do other work than that, which can also mean non traditional work, but it should be as much traditional as any other work though. Working in an art studio, such as painting, or doing pottery, or sculpting, or doing anything creative is also working, and it also is work like any other. Just like a writer who is writing a novel, the writer is also working. Or a life guard at the beach who spends their entire day at the beach is also working, to show another example. Sure, creating artwork may be more fun at times because it is creative work, which some people may be jealous of, but it is work nonetheless. Will you be jealous if someone works in a ski resort or an amusement park gets free rides or of the life guard who is at the beach everyday? Well this is also work. And artists have to do their work because there are no jobs in other job sectors. If the artist will not do their work what will they do? Most people do not think in these terms when they visit an art gallery, or a craft gallery, or even a place such as this website, that the artist has to do this just like a train conductor has to drive the train and just like a doctor has to prescribe medication or like a lawyer has to be in court. Yes you do need artwork because what will the thousands of artists do if you don't buy their work that they make? Where will those artists work? So yes people do have to support the artist because if the consumer does not, art then moves to school text books and history books. Art is not only something from a school textbook, it's something that is a part of the community, something that many people do not realize.
One of the recent Gregory Pyra Piro jewelry design work is C ring #4950. The Piro ring is in sterling silver and 14 karat gold but with a very unique combination of not only silver and gold, but also ebony wood. The facet cut garnet, citrine, and small blue sapphire are placed above the ebony wood, which makes the design very unique.
Gregory Pyra, an international jewelry artist, has his work shown currently in museums such as the Malbork Castle Museum, in Malbork, and the Amber Museum in Gdansk in Poland. Pforzheim Jewellery Museum also had his jewelry artworks. In the past he has made pieces for the Royal family in Sweden, for King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia in 1976 after his work was shown in Tidö Slott, in Tidö-Lindö, Sweden. Gregory had shows since the 1970's until the present in Europe, USA, Australia. His jewelry works were published in books, which were printed in Germany, Poland, United Kingdom, France, etc. Some of his recent made work currently is found in galleries in the United States and Europe. His art jewelry is something that is entirely artist created and not influenced by the market. Gregory Pyra art jewelry, unique in a class by itself, is different than anything in the craft movement in the UK, USA, and Australia, and different than any mass produced jewelry. It is something that artist creates completely on his own, and at the same time has superb quality. Today Gregory Pyra, Gabriel Pyra, and Piro Group continue creating superb art jewelry design pieces and also unique sculpture. There are many designs available. Persons interested in Gregory's recent made original works can contact the artist.