Geoffrey Giles Jewelry

Name Geoffrey Giles
Phone (828)407-0115
Address9 West Walnut Street, #1C
 Ashville, North Carolina 28801, US

I am a studio goldsmith living in Asheville, North Carolina.  I design and hand fabricate all of my jewelry, without outside help of any kind. My business is sustained through a combination of wholesale accounts, retail opportunities, and private commissions.

I was born in 1972 and spent my childhood painting and drawing, and had an almost borderline obsession with Legos. While in high school, I was introduced to jewelry-making, and in a moment of clarity knew that it was what I wanted to do with my life. While still in high school, I began my formal training as an apprentice to two master goldsmiths. I  went to Virginia Commonwealth University and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Department of Crafts with a concentration in metals. Following that I spent three years working as a bench jeweler in Richmond, Virginia and Atlanta, Georgia. I now live in the mountains of North Carolina as an independent artist. My jewelry has been shown both nationally and internationally and has been included in numerous books and periodicals. Throughout my career I have received a range of honors in my field.

I create one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry,  primarily in 18K gold.
Visually my work is related to structures and objects we have created as a species. Emphasizing construction and surface, I reference architectural elements, clockworks, and machine parts. In doing this, I ask the viewer to contemplate the impact of the industrial revolution upon our aesthetics. My jewelry suggests mass production but in reality, it is the opposite. The resulting dichotomy between mass produced machine made objects and jewelry made completely by hand with the bare minimum of hand tools causes me to continually think about the role of the craftsman within our technologically driven society.

I am committed to environmentally friendly processes and materials and use 100% recycled metals. The diamonds and gemstones that I use come from reputable companies who supply only ethically sourced, recycled or mined material.