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An Update on the Global Hand Medal Project

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When AJF profiled Iris Eichenberg and Jimena Ríos’s Hand Medal Project[1] in early May 2020, it was hard to imagine what the future held. The organizers wanted to honor the bravery of frontline medical workers fighting COVID-19. They hoped that the global jewelry community could create a tangible way to honor their care by creating medals.

Today, as the coronavirus continues to roar across the globe, there are nearly 2,000 hand-medal makers across six continents—and the project continues to grow. Culminating on the second Sunday in November, at least 40,000 hand medals are expected to be given to medical workers around the world.

Click through to see the Hand Medal Project’s progress. Join the project at

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Novedades del proyecto global Hand Medal Project

Cuando AJF publicó la nota sobre el Hand Medal Project de Iris Eichenberg y Jimena Ríos a principio de Mayo 2020, era dificil imaginar lo que les deparaba el futuro. Las organizadoras buscaban honrar la valentia de los trabajadores de la salud que luchaban en primera linea contra el COVID. Tenian la esperanza de que la comunidad global de joyeros pudiera materializar, creando medallas, un agrademineto que sirviera para honrarlos.

Hoy, el coronavirus continua avanzando en el mundo, hay alrededor de 2.000 joyeros haciendo medallas en los seis continentes y el proyecto sigue creciendo. El proyecto va a terminar el segundo domingo de Noviembre con la expectativa de entregar al menos 40.000 medallas a los trabajadores de la salud.

Hace click aquí para ver el progreso del Hand Medal Project. Unite al proyecto en


  • Elizabeth Essner

    Elizabeth Essner is an independent curator, writer, and researcher based in Brooklyn, NY, US. She has curated exhibitions for institutions including the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, in Connecticut, US; Arizona State University Art Museum; and R & Company, in New York. A contributor to magazines including Metalsmith and Modern, she is currently curating From the Ground Up: Peters Valley School of Craft, set to open at the Hunterdon Art Museum in fall 2020. Essner also serves as a researcher for a forthcoming catalog on the modern and contemporary ceramics collection of Robert A. Ellison, Jr., a companion to an exhibition on the collection opening at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2021. She received her MA from the Bard Graduate Center in New York. 

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