Josh Berins is a jewelry designer that incorporates natural elements and materials to create unique jewelry pieces. As a high school student, Berins discovered his talent and raw passion for creating natural element jewelry when he received a rock tumbler as a gift. From that point forward, Berins created pieces from PMC silver until he later began incorporating materials such as natural rocks, silver wires, and dichroic glasses into his collections. Once he began creating with these new materials he began drawing more and more inspiration from nature.
He collects Gingko leaves, fig leaves and maple seed pods from his backyard and use them to create molds for his silver work. The molds allow him to create works that highlight the grace in everyday things and to create multiple renditions of the same pattern. In particular, Berins creates wrapped wire works by wrapping copper and silver wires on polished rocks. “[I try to] let the stones speak to me,” say Berins, that way he ensures that each line created by the wire work compliments and amplifies the unique beauty of each rock.
Chance also plays a role in Berins' jewelry making. He acknowledges that he can never accurately predict the end result when he works with Dichroic glasses, due to the fact that they tend to change their shapes and color as they are fired for hours. Luckily, for Berins, the unpredictability of jewelry making with such materials create one-of-a-kind, innovative work.
If the weather permits, you can catch Josh Berins and his jewelry pieces at the new Thursday Farmers Market that runs from 5 to 8 p.m. every Thursday in front of the Amherst Historical Society and Museum. You can also check out his work online at http://www.jdbcreationsbyjoshua.com/.