About GeoGema Alhajas & Artist
While abundant everywhere in the world, most fossils and seashells are greatly misunderstood, misrepresented, and undervalued. My passion began when I decided to go beyond displaying beautiful fossils and seashells in cases and/or tables, to broadcasting them parallel to other valued gemstones. In fact, unique and irreplicable gems of our world’s history, I consider them as greater because they are the naturally preserved remains of animals and plants - greatly signifying our past, present, and future - our GeoGem Treasures.
Moreover, humans rapidly destroy what nature has preserved for millions of years. I go further into promoting greater admiration and respect for our planet. My Art is one-of-a-kind. Most often, I hand-design and shape metals like bronze, copper, and silver to distinctively showcase the beauty of each focal Geology and/or Nature gem - our GeoGem Treasures.
Of African, Indigenous Taíno, and Spaniard lineage, my work is grounded by the colors and diversity of my rich ancestry; driven by an enduring desire to elevate the unique and irreplicable beauty and wisdom of our world. It is my aim to share my heritage and world passion through wearable Art focused on Earth’s FossilGems such as Ammonites, Agatized Coral, Amber, Petrified Wood, and others; SeaGems as Corals and Seashells - particularly Florida and Caribbean Basin; and NatureGems such as Land Snails. My work is uniquely one-of-a-kind. Designing and shaping metals such as Bronze, Copper, and Silver through Metal Clay, MetalSmithing, and Cold Connections, I search to complementary exalt such gems.
I am fulfilling delayed lifelong dreams and aspirations as an Artist, taking Jewelry Art classes at the Art School of the Boca Raton Museum of Art and the Gem & Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches. Additionally, I am member of the Boca Raton Museum of Art and Norton Museum of Art; registered Artist of the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County; member of the Wellington Art Society (WAS), Women in the Visual Arts (WITVA), including active membership in the Broward Shell Club and the Gem & Mineral Society of the Palm Beaches.
Emeritus Professor at Florida Atlantic University, I retired in 2013. I hold a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Denver College of Education focused on self-identity development, particularly multiethnic and multiracial; the M.A. and M.Ed. in Human Development and Guidance from Columbia University Teachers College, and a B.S. in Life and Soil Science from Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.