The Ganoksin Project, the world’s largest educational internet site for the jewelry, gemology and metals field, is now celebrating its 16th anniversary.

The Ganoksin Project was created in 1995 by Dr. E. Aspler (better known as Hanuman) in Bangkok, Thailand and Professor Charles Lewton-Brain in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Both men wanted an online meeting-house where jewelers of all kinds could collaborate and share ideas.

In Thai, “ganok” means pure gold. “Sin” means art, and together they can be thought of as “The Art of Gold.” But the backbone of the Ganoksin Project is the Orchid Forums, a community of amateur and professional jewelers who ask questions, share advice and nurture camaraderie. Whether you’re trying to track down indigenous New Mexico turquoise, find tips on soldering copper or even drum up a spare bedroom at MJSA, the Orchid Forums are the place to be. The site has even played matchmaker with at least one internet-introduced wedded couple!

“It’s not the mechanical or tangible result that makes Orchid so valuable to me, it’s the people,” says Dave Sebaste of Sebaste Studio in Charlotte, North Carolina. “For once in my life, I feel connected with people of like minds and spirits. The friendships and acquaintances I’ve made through the Orchid community have given my life an added richness that cannot be measured.”

The following Russian Filigree Demo, is one of dozens of videos at The Ganoksin Project:

So if haven’t yet found your way into one of the web’s richest jeweler communities, what are you waiting for? Sign up today at the link below and read more member comments at the linked article.

Join Ganoksin and Orchid:

Meet fellow jewelers at Ganoksin’s Facebook page:

Read the Ganoksin article “Seeds of Knowledge” by Suzanne Wade: