Lanning Gallery in Sedona welcomes back Master Jeweler Michael Grant for its annual holiday showcase of his latest work. Grant will be on hand to meet visitors during a 1st Friday Artist Reception December 1st, 5:00-8:00 pm and gives a special Artist Talk all about turquoise at 6:30 pm that evening.
The artist is one of the ever-diminishing number of jewelry artists who continue to hand-cut every one of their own beads. Specializing in all-natural, domestic turquoise Michael Grant has, over the thirty or so years he’s been working with turquoise, become immeasurably knowledgeable about this beautiful, and increasingly rare Southwest treasure. On 1st Friday, visitors to Lanning Gallery will be lucky to have the opportunity to learn from this true master what the market for turquoise is like today and what they need to know about turquoise itself.
“There are endless different qualities of natural turquoise,” Michael Grant explains; “the same mine can produce dozens of different valued gem qualities. And, there are many imitation and enhanced stones that shade the market with confusion. Never be afraid to ask questions and learn,” Grant adds. “The more turquoise you see and touch, the more you know. Turquoise can be such a wonderful, cumulative experience.”
Although turquoise is his true passion, Michael Grant also works with lapis, sugilite, coral, spiny oyster, and even rubies. Sterling silver and 14k or 18k gold are often featured, always hand-fabricated by Michael Grant.
This exhibition runs through the end of December.