Todd Reed

Colorado - "Making jewelry became a passion for me around the age of 10. While on a family vacation to Bisbee, Arizona I witnessed something that would forever change my life, a working silversmith. I watched in awe as this man turned sheet metal into body adornment in what seemed to be a very short time. In my life I have turned experiences like this one into opportunities to work as a maker of fine objects. I have made furniture, clothes, sculpture, paintings and graduated with honors from culinary school. All of this "making" has made me value the chance to do this for a living and to feel free to express myself through the medium.

Over the last 15 years the medium has been jewelry, and the voice used to express my ideas has been raw diamonds. I became most interested in raw diamonds as a way to question the fascination with diamonds used as a status symbol in our current society. I maintain still today that the "most perfect cut" is still an uncut. It became a fascination for me to use and make aware the beauty and raw elegance of the diamond in its most pure form. Today my collection continues to grow as does my interest and relationship with the material. My work is fabricated with 18 karat gold, platinum and silver, using cut diamonds as an accent to the raw diamond.

Although I never went to college or art school, I have been fortunate to be able to learn and be inspired by life. I have received much from this course of study, and continue to grow daily. Architecture, painting, sculpture, and love of love have been some of my greatest inspirations.

My work has been featured in many of the finest books on goldsmithing and art jewelry as well as numerous international trade and consumer publications. I have been fortunate to be honored with awards from: American Craft Council, Society of North American Goldsmiths, American Jewelry Design Council, Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America, andbeen selected as winner of Saul Bell Design award, Niche awards, American Vision Awards, Rising Star, Passion award, Designer jewelry arts award and Cheongju International Craft Biennale. My work has been and continues to be represented at the finest galleries, stores, and museums around the world."

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