Catholicism, the medieval period and the stars in the sky have one thing in common: they were sources of inspiration for some of the artists whose works are in this year’s 41st annual jewelry sale.

Isabel Solorza is a student in the jewelry and metalsmithing program at New Mexico State University. Her handmade jewelry depicts religious imagery with a style influenced by gothic cathedrals.

Solorza used a laser cutter and heat to carefully create the details found in her acrylic rings, earrings and bracelets.

The one-day sale of NMSU art student jewelry is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 30, at the coffee shop in the NMSU Bookstore on 1400 E. University Ave. Jewelry sale patrons get two free hours of parking.

Storm Anderson was inspired by illustrations from the medieval period. Using pieces of scrap metal and wood, she created earrings and bracelets. The earrings, made from wood, depict skulls and the metal bracelets are subtly decorated with an astronomical pattern.

More than 700 pieces of hand-crafted, wearable art will be on sale Oct. 30. Additional jewelry selections will be available at the upcoming NMSU Department of Art “Open Studio” day on Saturday, November 4.

“As an instructor, I am very proud of our talented students and am excited to share their products with the public,” said Motoko Furuhashi, NMSU associate professor in jewelry and metalsmithing whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

“The jewelry sale gives the students experience as professionals in the jewelry industry,” Furuhashi said. “The students learn jewelry advertising, marketing, accounting, customer care and jewelry production.”

The skills learned through the sale are especially beneficial for students like Rae Legere, who owns her own jewelry business. Legere created star-shaped brass and copper earrings with sterling posts. Raebeam Jewelry is just one of the few small student businesses the local community can support at this month’s sale.

All profits from the sale will support metalsmithing and jewelry-making activities for the students and will assist in acquiring new equipment for the metalsmithing studio.

Those who can’t make it to the sale but still want to support the art students and the jewelry-making studio can make donations at .

For more information, go to  or check out the Instagram page  @nmsumetals .

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