Exhibiting Artist

Reef Reliquary

Copper, sterling, coral, cubic zirconia, nickel silver, 14k gold, and magnets

4 x 1.375 x 0.625 inches

Photography and video by Gervase Pevarnik




The small piece of found coral hidden in my brooch/pendant is a reference to the alarming diminishing, dying off, of our planet’s coral reefs. Some of Earth’s most treasured and “sacred” places are in danger due to climate change and pollution. I consider this piece a reliquary, a decorative container for a small symbol of these endangered natural wonders.


Loraine Cooley is an artist, craftsperson and teacher. Through a BFA in metals from the Rochester Institute of Technology, study in Art Education at Nazareth College and extensive travel around the globe, she has gained aesthetic and technical expertise in her field. Her jewelry, sculpture, paintings and collages have been exhibited nationally, including several Rochester Finger Lakes Exhibitions and a one-woman show, "Intimate Sculpture", at the Dyer Art Center at The National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Two of her pieces are pictured and discussed in the book, The Art and Craft of Making Jewelry. Since 1987, Ms. Cooley has enjoyed her roll as Jewelry Instructor at the Memorial Art Gallery’s Creative Workshop in Rochester, NY. She maintains an art studio in the Rochester area where she creates custom, one of a kind and limited edition art jewelry and sculpture.