It is especially where the so-called natural world interfaces with the trappings of humanity that provokes deGruyter’s work. Fascinating and collectable gem and mineral specimens, acrylic rescued from the waste stream, tiny machine nuts and bolts, and wing and petal that show signs of a life-well-lived, allude to the human inclination to both worship and exploit Nature - to preserve its beauty and obliterate its inconvenience. Clear acrylic angles recall powerlines fragmenting the moving sky; faceted gems and water smooth granite are robins chortling in the gutter after a big rain; multi-layered and multi-colored vitreous enamel surfaces evoke the chimerical character of the desert cityscape. The result is jewelry that challenges our notion of what constitutes a gem, and recasts what may be considered precious by inviting us to examine the everyday in an elevated way.Jessica deGruyter has always collected the ephemeral - those things that turn to dust in time. From a studio tucked into the back of a rambling garden in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, Jessica works with traditional jewelry making tools and techniques, crafting modern-day curiosity cabinets, meant to display objects and to hold space for memories. Her grandmother’s acetylene torch and chasing stamps handmade from rebar remnants inspire her work as much as the strange and lovely found-objects that distinguish it. As a self-taught and self-guided artist, she studies her craft through workshops, books, and experimentation with unusual materials.