The Co-Adorn Art Jewellery Society is a cure for loneliness and a way to get jewellers to stay in Nova Scotia.

Right now it’s also a chance for people to see exciting, large-scale jewelry by 23 artists in Co-Adorn’s inaugural exhibit, Conversation Starter, at Studio 21 Fine Art, 1273 Hollis St., Halifax, to July 5.

This bold exhibit of 39 pieces is an exploration of colour, scale, concept and materials from metal to Mylar, enamel to re-purposed girdle.

“One of the things we noticed at the launch party,” says the society’s co-founder Emily Blair Wareham, “is people were so happy to be out of their studios and to talk to like-minded people. Instantly people were bouncing resources off each other.”

“When you’re at school you’re with a group of people doing the same thing as you. As soon as you are out of school you are on your own,” says K. Claire MacDonald, a production and fine art jeweller who felt isolated herself after returning to Halifax from Toronto.

Wareham co-founded Co-Adorn for jewellers and anyone interested in all things jewelry in the fall of 2017 with jeweller and NSCAD University jewelry technician Chantel Gushue.

“We kept noticing so much talent leaving Nova Scotia,” says Wareham, a recent NSCAD MFA graduate and teacher, “and we started to see the problems in people staying.”

Those problems include a lack of communal studio space, opportunities to exhibit and sell work, and community networking.

Quebec jeweller Kim Paquet, winner of best-in-show, moved from Montreal to Halifax to start studying this fall at NSCAD.