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Talent Show: Elizabeth Garvin

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Why this emerging designer’s fine collection is cleaning up on the industry award circuit.

BY TRACE SHELTON

Published in the January/February 2014 issue 

While Elizabeth Garvin launched her fine jewelry collection in June 2012, she’s been making jewelry a lot longer than that, starting at the age of 5. “Jewelry was something I always did for fun,” Garvin says. Her sterling silver and vermeil line, Elizabeth Garvin Design, launched in 1989. Twenty-three years later, Garvin plunged into fine jewelry and garnered immediate recognition, winning multiple design awards.

Her inspiration comes from natural geometry, most recently from storm imagery, weather patterns and ocean currents. “These pieces are about power and energy in the natural world, something I am finding women respond to very strongly.” The line incorporates a full range of precious gems and metals, and everything is handcrafted in Garvin’s studio. According to Garvin, “The new visual language that has emerged for the Elizabeth Garvin Fine collections is inspiring a whole new range of themes connected to my interest in architecture and geology, some of which will be introduced later this year.”

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In each issue, INDESIGN will feature one of five Talent Show winners for 2014. These designers were nominated and then voted on by a panel of retail store owners known for their expertise and proven track record of carrying avant-garde designers.

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What the Judges Say:

JIROUTOVA“Elizabeth Garvin’s very successful silver and gold jewelry has been a must-have in our galleries for years. Her collections are made to last, priced to sell, and such a pleasure to display and merchandise. Original contemporary design is what continues to draw customers to her work.”

Zdena Jiroutova, Z Folio Gallery, Solvang and Monterey, CA

SHUM“These twotone, clean designs would make a wonderful gift for a wide range of recipients. She has pieces from sweet and feminine to bold and daring. Customers often come in with old family heirlooms which hold melee of all sizes; her pieces may be a perfect solution for these stones to find a home and be worn every day!”

Nicole Gorman Shum, I. Gorman Jewelers, Washington, DC

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HILKENE“A very a.ordable, classic yet contemporary look that takes the wearer from the workplace to dinner out.”

Sally Hilkene, Churchill, Fairway, KS

MORROW“Elizabeth Garvin’s work is light, airy and sculptural as well. Her unmistakable style is as easy to wear as it is suitable for any occasion. What I like the most is the architectural construction of her designs and the movement of her pieces. She brings a freshness to the world of geometric jewelry design.”

Marie-Helene Morrow, Reinhold Jewelers, San Juan, Ponce and Carolina, Puerto Rico

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