Contemporary Jewelry today can be pretty much made from anything. In Europe many designers create jewelry out of paper, plastic, glass, and even fabric. Gregory Pyra Piro art jewelry although very unique, tends to stick more traditional materials such as silver, gold, and gemstones, which are combined in unique ways. Amber may be combined with faceted gemstones. And silver is combined together with gold. And sea glass may be combined with gemstones and pearls.
Other Piro contemporary rings may include rings with a band like style. This one is in sterling silver and 18 karat gold with facet cut garnet.Follow Follow @Desartjewelry
Gregory Pyra Piro art jewelry is one of the most unique jewelry lines. The jewelry is different from the European designer jewelry which may be made from paper, fabric, or plastic, and at the same time it is also different than traditional jewelry made from gold and silver. It is also different than other styles of jewelry which is made from steel, copper, titanium, and other materials. Gregory Pyra Piro art jewelry is made from sterling silver and solid gold. The solid gold part of the jewelry is soldered together with silver. In Gregory's jewelry you may see untraditional and unique combinations of natural faceted gemstones, sea glass, glass, amber, ammonite, and pearls. The rings on shown on this page and on this website have such very unique and interesting combinations.
The Gregory Pyra rings come in different styles; petite rings, band rings, which have a band shape shank cyber rings, which have two shanks, a circular shank and a square shank, stack rings, which may be three rings in one where there is a jacket ring and an insert ring, c rings, which have an arc shape or a c shape shank, square rings, which have single a square shank, and the ring pendants, which are really both pendants and rings, and double up as a double piece. On this page we are showing the contemporary style rings, which have a band like shape shank, but sometimes may be a combination of the other ring styles. The contemporary rings, like the other ring styles are made usually from sterling silver and gold, and usually have a variety of semi precious gemstones which may include amethyst, blue topaz, citrine, garnet, iolite, tourmaline, and peridot for the main stones or center stones, and precious stones for some rings like diamonds, sapphires, emeralds, and rubies may be used for the melee or the side gemstones. The precious stones usually will be no more than 3mm in size for most rings.
Many artists who go to wholesale trade shows or go to craft shows have in some ways the same type of business regardless of where they are. The same mostly also applies if an artist has a show in a gallery. But what if an artist decides to hit the shops or galleries on his or on her own? How is this different in different parts of the world? Now this is an entirely different situation. Normally, in order for an artist to make a living, to pay bills and pay rent or mortgage and other expenses an artist usually cannot just sell or consign their work exclusively in their own city or town. If the artist did this, the artist would have to get a job. An artist must have representation in a number of shops and galleries to do arts and crafts for a living. Ten years ago several stores or so might have been okay. But today with the increased costs for everything even this is not enough. One of the best situations for artists to sell their work independently is in the UK. Geographically the UK is not a very large area compared to USA, Canada, or Australia. And the UK has motorways, which are of high standard, where artists can hop in their automobile and quickly get to the place they need. The UK has over a thousand craft galleries, which show a number of media including; jewellery, pottery, water colours, paintings, sculptures, etc. What's more is that in the UK's small land area these galleries, which number over a thousand are not too far away from each other because there is only so much that can fit in this small Isle strip of land. Versus USA where fuel is about half price of what it is in the UK, the petrol in the UK is expensive. But it matters little because unlike in USA, the artist does not have to travel hundreds of miles just to get to another shop or gallery. The galleries in the UK often are only several miles apart. So if the fuel is even double the price, the artist is not hit so much with the fuel cost because the next shop or gallery can be ten or fifteen minutes away and not five hours away. In the USA the galleries and shops also number in the thousands like in the UK, but they are much farther apart. Yes, fuel in the USA is only about half of what it costs in the UK, but the distances can be several times as far between shops and galleries, which means higher selling expense despite of lower fuel cost. And with that come higher vehicle maintenance costs including; more frequent tire changes, more frequent oil changes, new batteries, and new car parts, which some fortunately may be purchased used at U Pull It salvage yards. For those that don't know, when the artist hits the road they are doing it usually with a car they own so they are required to cover all the expenses. Like I wrote in other articles no one gives artists anything. Independent artists have to pay for everything from scratch. And the only support they have is the consumer. In the USA an active artist or a sales rep can rake up fifty thousand miles in a single year on their cars, which is unheard of in the UK. And most people in USA have more than one car, at times as much as four. And not because Americans are so overly rich. It's because in America it's almost impossible to live without a car and a car is a necessity. Many people around the world have a false stereotype about America that people have so many cars because they are rich. Three things in the USA are good, good highways, cheaper fuel, and a cheap way to buy used car parts. And in the UK, short distances are the good thing. Now in Canada by contrast it is not possible to do business like it is in the US at all because the highways only range near the coasts and don't cover the country like they do in the USA. It is not economically viable for an artist to fly to show their work because the artist would have to book a plane ticket to every shop or gallery they see. So this means the artist would have to also rent a car to get around wherever they would show their work after the artist would get to the destination. In addition there wouldn't be more than about one shop or gallery per destination. The artist then would have to fly back home and pay all their bills, which normally would not be possible. And what if the shop or gallery doesn't take the work if the artist showed up? If that happens in the UK or USA you just hop into your car and off you go to another shop. In the UK you could see another shop in fifteen or twenty minutes. In USA depending where you are usually within one hour or several hours on low fuel cost. But not in Canada. In Canada one can only sell locally or go to trade shows. In Australia the situation would be similar to the one in Canada. An artist will not drive their Holden through the outback for more than a thousand kilometers only to see one shop or gallery to either sell their works or consign it or only to hear from the gallery or shop manager that the artist's work is not in their style or does not fit in the gallery, and the artist could hear that even if it did fit. And this is with all those bills waiting at home to be paid. Because this is how an artist pays for them. But in USA or the UK, one gallery is not happy with the your work, or has no time to see you, no problem. Just hop in your own car and off to the next one. Other than hitting the road and hitting shops and galleries in the USA and the UK artists have tons of wholesale and retail shows on top of all this.
It is a challenge to market arts and crafts pretty much anywhere, if an artist wants to make a living doing it and needs to maintain a reasonable standard of living. There are Canadian and Australian artists that market their arts and crafts in their own country and also to the USA. But when a USA artist wants to sell something to a Canadian or an Australian gallery or shop, can he or she do it? After being in the arts and crafts business for many years, I would say no that an American artist cannot. And it is unfair because business in this incident ends up being a one way street. If a USA artist contacts a Canadian gallery to sell their work, the answer from the Canadian gallery is I can't with no reasons why given. And if an American artist contacts an Australian gallery, the response is Australian only. Oh really? Then what about all these items these galleries or shops could have that are from China or from Asia? Australian only? Oh are you sure? Canadian only? Are you sure of that? But American galleries selling American arts and crafts do often have work from Canada and sometimes Australia. How many times have Canadian artist come to the USA to wholesale their work at wholesale trade shows? And how many times have USA galleries filled Canadian artists' work in their galleries? But will this happen the other way around? No. If you're an American artist try contacting a Canadian gallery if they will take your work. Or an Australian gallery. So why not the other way around? And is this right? One thing is that there aren't that many art and craft galleries in Canada and Australia as there are in USA or the UK. But still, there are a few. And how true is it that they carry things only from Australia or Canada exclusively? If you're an artist has something like this happen to you during your career? Speaking of UK galleries, also pretty often they will tell the artist that they only take work from UK artists or from the UK. What is the deal with all this? Are shops and galleries so protective of their artists? Or is this just an old excuse to brush artists off?
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It is the consumer that drives the economy and no one else. Not the government. Not the banks. If the government failed and the banks failed people will always find a solution to trading, for example, barter trading if there isn't even any money at all. Centuries ago there was no formal currency and somehow people have survived. But even in the monetary economy, it is not the banks, and not the government, but it is the consumer that drives the economy. The banks only route the currency. Real currency. Not the created fake one called credit where people have to pay back money that they have to work for vs. money that no one had to work for. What I'm trying to say is this. What people hear in the media about what is happening in the economy is not necessarily what is already happening, but it is a trigger to change people's behavior pattern which creates the situation which people have heard about will happen. Then it's that behavior change that makes the changes in the economy that results in the change in the economy. And then yes, the media was right that this will happen because people get scared and they respond and change about how they go about things. But without the people's response, change, and input would it happen? So it's not that the media is talking about what is happening, but that the media motivates people to change, and then yes, that what the media said is happening then is happening after people made the change because they responded to what the media said will happen. And then it happens. But would this happen without people's response and without people's input? So if people didn't listen to what's on TV, the economy might not have changed? The question is could this really be the way the ups and downs in the economy are created? Because people change what they do after they listen and they respond to the media? Many people at the same time. What would happen if people didn't change anything about what they heard about the economy? Everybody at the same time. No response. What would happen?
Gregory Pyra contemporary style rings
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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, UK, France, etc. Some of his recent made work currently is found in galleries in the USA 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 found in the UK, USA, Europe or in any other market. This jewelry is something that the 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.