Artist Reception: Thursday, May 9th from 5:30-7:30pm
This will be a co-feature alongside Crystal Beshara’s exhibition To the Waters and the Wild
Gemstones have been used in jewellery for thousands of years. At first, they were simply coloured pebbles used in adornments. As humans began to develop tools, the pebbles could be shaped and polished.
The rose cut was developed in India in the mid 16thcentury. It became increasingly popular in the west when diamond cutters in Antwerp began to imitate the type of cut. The style of cut consisted of triangular facets arranged in a radiating pattern with a flat bottom.
As technology and cutting tools evolved so did the complexity of the shapes of gemstones and their facets. Diamond saws, lathes and now lasers are used to increase the number of facets on gems as well as creating precise angles and symmetry to provide maximum brilliance.
These rose cut gems are a nod to the past and a simple way to bring out the beauty of a natural gemstone.
Andrea Mueller was born in Ottawa in 1974. She moved to Halifax to study history at Dalhousie University. During her time at Dalhousie she took weekend classes in jewellery making at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. After graduating with a Bachelor of History, it seemed natural that Andrea pursued what she loved, working with her hands. It was at NSCAD that she discovered the satisfaction of creating a beautiful and wearable form of art. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jewellery and Metalsmithing. Upon completion of her degree she headed to Toronto, where she stayed for 4 years, to gain some practical experience and learn from successful designers. In 2004, Andrea moved to Creemore to enjoy rural Ontario living and set up her own jewelry business. Five years later Andrea moved back to Ottawa with her family and continues to create jewelry.