Spain, Portugal, Morocco – Our new country study — A Necklace Design Representative of each country.

Butterscotch Candy(sp) PICTN11-0369

Simplicity and Elegance Bring Us Spain

Amber is a fossilized resin from pine trees. Amber occurs in a number of colors. Deposits have been found, that are over 150 million years old. The largest source is found along the Baltic coast or Dominican Republic. It is said to provide calming for hyperactivity & stressed nerves. Copal amber is an immature form of amber and was often imitated by European traders. Swarovski are precisely cut crystals. Daniel Swarovski, a glass-cutter, established a crystal cutting factory, in Austria, using hydroelectricity in 1895. Natural pearls are harvested from the Persian Gulf & Indian Ocean. Cultured pearls are considered to offer the power of love. Copal is a tree resin and thousands of years old. It was used by Mayan and in East African peoples & is associated with cleansing.

 

French Cross(portugal) PICT9273Portugal brings land and sea to the Jewelry design.  Amazing and artistic repoussé (land) and trade beads from their many seaports (sea)

Yellow Cross Beads originated in France and were used in African trade during the 19th century. They were inexpensive and portable and therefore became a popular currency amongst the African and European traders. These beads dateback to the 1600”s thus they are highly prized African trade beads. Brass repousseé beads are intricately worked in Tibet by silversmiths. Repousseé is a method of embossing a metal sheet from the back producing a 3-D bas-relief effect. Morrocan pendants are cast and set by Morrocan artisans. Most are very unusual pieces but fairly new reproductions of older ancient pieces. This happens to be an old original of a reputedly well known Moroccan artistan.

 

Quaint Coquette(mor) PICTN10-3302

Morocco – Amber and ornate silver bring the splendor of Morocco

Carnelian is a reddish orange stone found in light and dark shades. It is often heat treated to enhance the color. The name comes from “Carneus” (fleshy), which refers to its color. Ancient Greek and Roman’s signet rings were made of Carnelian. It is found in Brazil, India, China, and US. It is thought to still the blood and calm the temper. Amber is a fossilized resin from fir trees. Amber occurs in a number of colors. Deposits have been found, that are over 150 million years old. The largest source is found along the Baltic coast or Dominican Republic. It is said to provide calming for hyperactivity & stressed nerves. Copal amber is an immature form of amber and was often imitated by European traders. Moroccan silver has been used for centuries.The metal composition is similar to pewter. It had a higher silver content, a decade ago, when metalsmiths produced quality silversmithing.  The rectangular repoussé beads are lovely and the metalsmiths created a finer quality in these unique beads.  Jasper is from the Chalcedony family and comes in various colors. The name comes from the Greek word (Jaspis). Historically it was used in mosaics, furniture inlays, and semi-precious stones in Italy. It is said to have a stabilizing effect and is a protective stone to the wearer. Steve and Juana Jelen are amazing silversmiths who have been in the jewelry making business for the past 14 years. Their businesses are Pacific Silverworks and the Peruvian Bead Co. located in Ventura, California.

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