CONTEMPORARY JEWELRY: Paul Derrez is one of the pioneers of the very idea of contemporary jewelry. He opened his Galerie Ra- a gallery that specializes in jewelry and objects in 1976 in Amsterdam, and has since represented countless artists. His contribution to the world of jewelry design is overwhelming. While being an artist, he dedicated so much effort to researching the field, and creating a platform for other artists. He teaches, writes, and lectures, he has started several publications, and his work is in the collections of modern art museums. He once said in an interview: “jewelry doesn’t need recognition as an art form but as a cultural asset – and as such jewelry might be more meaningful than art” Pictured above is his Confetti Necklace (silver, acrylic) from 2012.