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1998 Harold O'Connor Born: Utica, New York 1941 silver, 18k gold, granulation 1 1/8 x 1 5/8 x 1 1/2 in. (2.9 x 4.1 x 3.8 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Mobilia Gallery 1998.111.2 Not currently on view


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“One of the nice things about metal as a medium is that you can work out a new process with very little material. There’s no need for a metalsmith to have any fear at all of failure . . . if the thing doesn’t work, you can always hammer it out and start over.” Artist quoted in Lapidary Journal, November 1996

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This ring displays Harold O’Connor’s technical mastery of granulation. Believing that a “good artist must be able to improvise,” O’Connor avoids repetitive work by constantly challenging himself with imaginative and innovative designs.

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decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

metal - gold

metal - silver