For years, I dreamed of one day exhibiting my one-of-a-kind sculptural rings at the prestigious Aaron Faber Gallery in New York City.

This beautiful story started in fall 2010, when Madame Patricia Kiley Faber came all the way to Montreal, Canada, to visit my workshop. She took the time to look at each of my pieces with so much attention that I could immediately see how passionate and knowledgeable she was about fine jewelry. She asked me key questions about my artistic process and about the stories behind each design. This was a precious moment that I will never forget. I knew we had something in common: a love for the transformation of raw material into unique and portable art. Mr. Martin Thivierge, former project manager at the Société de développement des entreprises culturellesdu Québec (SODEC), organized that visit for Mme. Faber, as well as a series of jewelry workshops in Québec. As a result of her visit, she selected my works, along with pieces from thirteen other colleagues, to represent Quebec Contemporary Jewellery in New York.

This huge event took place in May 2012 in the heart of Manhattan at the Aaron Faber Gallery, and was a collaboration of the Délégation du Québec in New York, the SODEC, and the Council of Arts and Letters of Quebec. It was a real success and a premiere for Quebec Contemporary Jewellery in New York City.

During the exhibition entitled “INNOVATION—Craftsmanship in Metal—Jewelry Artists of Quebec” I presented 25 sculptural rings, all unique pieces, which were received very well by the public. The results of the exhibition have been tremendous.

In addition, after attending the Aaron Faber exhibit, curator Elyse Zorn Karlin invited me to present my rings in New York as part of an exhibition entitled “Out of this World! Jewelry in the Space Age—2013 International Juried Exhibition.” She presented my work at the Forbes Gallery in New York in a six-month show, which is now travelling to a series of museums in the United States. I was also invited to exhibit at the famous Velvet da Vinci Gallery in San Francisco, the 2013 International SNAG Conference: Meta-Mosaic in Toronto, the Canadian Guild of Montreal, the Centro Cultural Scuola Italiana, and the Museum of Decorative Art in Santiago. Moreover, all fourteen jewelers from Quebec were invited to present their creations together at the L. A. Pai Gallery in Ottawa in June 2013, in November 2013 at the beautiful Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h Gallery in Montreal, and in April 2014 at the well-known 18k Gallery in Toronto.

Another important outcome following the New York exhibition at the Aaron Faber Gallery was that  Lilian Raji selected my rings to present to the stylist team of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. My rings were chosen to be worn by the character played by Stanley Tucci (Caesar Flickerman). Two of my designs can be seen on the official poster for the character, in a few promotional photos, and also appear in the movie, which was released November 22, 2013.

I am extremely grateful to the Aaron Faber Gallery and I would like to personally greatly thank Madame and Mister Faber for their appreciation of my designs, their real passion and dedication to the world of jewelry, and for opening the door of their fabulous gallery to me. It is such an important vitrine in the field and one of the most unique places in the world for fine jewelry design.

An immense, heartfelt thank you for work today and tomorrow in the field of jewelry, and happy 40th anniversary!

Claudio Pino