Last Spike Pin: An Eccentric Jewel Illustrating Canada’s Railway History

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Article by Alexander Reford

T
HE PHOTOGRAPH of the last spike ceremony completing the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885 is one of Canada’s most iconic images. A small group of hatted company men, railway workers, and a small boy is gathered around Donald Smith, who is holding a spike maul on a wet November morning in Eagle Pass, British …

Deux Terroirs – Don Beaubier’s Autobiography in Silver & Gems

Don Beaubier

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Article by Gloria Hickey

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magine you are flying into the Auvergne region of Central France. Out of your plane window you can see the ancient volcanoes and farm fields outside of the town of Pionsat. It is an ancient landscape that today retains simultaneously its original organic shapes and the traces of human land use since medieval times. …

Exploding Rings: The Work of Greg Sims

Wire Frame Diamond Ring

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Article by Jean Johnson, C.M.

“The diamond ring has become one of the most powerful, sought after and recognized symbols in contemporary culture. It has come to define individuals and relationships, measuring and indicating the extent of one’s love, commitment, status, power and/or wealth. By presenting this familiar object in a new light, my work explores and questions the