Spain, Morocco, Portugal – Our New Country Study – Idioms and Sayings

Sayings and Idioms are often universal but some are regionally specific.  If you have discovered or have any family sayings  or idioms specific to Spain, Morocco, or Portugal, please feel free to add them to our Absolutely Unique Facebook Websites noted below:

The following sayings are from Portugal:

  1. “O amor é uma amizade que togo” “Love is friendship set on fire”
  2. “A caridade come a em casa””Charity begins at home”

The following says are from Spain:

  1. “The path of virtue is very narrow and the road of vice broad and spacious. “

Don Quixoto” derived Proverb.

  1. “Donde hay gana, hay ma a.” Where there is desire, there is ability.” In other words,

“where theres a will, theres a way.”

The following pictures and sayings are from Morocco:






Spain, Morocco, Portugal – Our New Country Study Pictures -Scenery, Animals, People & Clothing.

People, Culture, and Clothing of Spain, Morocco, and Portugal

If you have any cultural photos of these regions please feel free to add them to the Absolutely Unique LLC Facebooks:

Homes and Scenery of Spain, Morocco, and Portugal

The diversity of these regions are amazing from seaside, to grape arbors, to the deserts which bring a wonderful variety to the exciting regions.

Regionally Important Animals of Spain, Morocco, and Portugal

People and Clothing  of Spain, Morocco, and Portugal

Gem and Minerals -Bismuth #24


Description- Bismuth is a brittle metal with a white, silver-pink hue, often occurring in its native form with an iridescent oxide tarnish showing many colors from yellow to blue and often a pink tinge owing to the surface oxide. The spiral stair stepped structure of a Bismuth crystal is the result of a higher growth rate around the outside edges than on the inside edges.

Location- In 2005, China was the top producer of Bismuth followed by Mexico and Peru. Native Bismuth  has also been discovered in  Australia, Bolivia, and China. New mines in Canada and Vietnam have been recently discovered.

History- Bismuth metal has been known from ancient times, although until the 18th century it was often confused with lead and tin, which have some of the metal’s physical properties. The name possibly comes from the German words meaning “white mass.”

Folklore/Metaphysical – Bismuth, the Rainbow colored mineral, is said to be a stone for focusing and visualization. It is purported to help when you are overwhelmed by the many responsibilities of life, while increasing your energy levels. Bismuth is also noted to relieve lonely feelings of isolation transforming and changing the person with a calming assurance.

Care-. Bismuth has many rough edges and would not be applicable in jewelry designs regardless of it’s striking appearance. The tiny metal edges would catch on fabrics and small fragments could become imbedded in the skin. Commercially, Bismuth is able to hold a good polish and is sometimes used in light reflectors and mirrors. In recent years, bismuth has replaced lead alloys increasing its commercial importance.



Spain, Morocco, Portugal – Our new country study – A recipe from each representative country.

These  3 recipes came from the Officer’s Wives Cookbooks © 1974 and  I love the Officer’s Wives Cookbooks especially the “Menus from Around the World” Edition.  If you have any authentic recipes which you would like to add to the country study, please add them to one of the Absolutely Unique LLC facebooks which have additional country recipes.

Chicken Paella (Morocco) Mrs. George F. Cox, Jacksonville, N. Carolina

1 3lb chicken, cut up

1 ¼ tsp salt

½ t paprika

½ lb diced ham

1 med onion, chopped

¼ c diced green pepper

1 1lb can can sm peas, drained and liquid reserved

` 12oz can beer

1/t Tabasco sauce

1/4t Spanish saffron

2 chicken boullion cubes

1 1/2c rice

6 clams

½ lb cooked shrimp

2 pimentos, cut in pieces


Sprinkle chicken with 1t salt and paprika; fry. Place in baking dish. Cook ham, onion and green pepper together until render. Add reserved pea liquid to beer; add enough water to make 2 ½ cups. Add Tabasco sauce, saffron, remaining salt and bouillon cubes; bring to a boil. Pour over chicken; sprinkle rice over chicken. Stir; cover tightly. Bake at 350˚ for 25 minutes. Uncover; toss. Arrange clams, shrimp, pimentos and peas on top. Cover; return to oven for 10 minutes longer. Yield: 4-6 servings.


Crab Enchilada (Spain) — Mrs. Silvio D’Aloia, Ramey AFB, Puerto Rico

1 doz crabs

1 lg green pepper, chopped

3 onions, chopped

1 or 2 cloves of garlic, minced

Olive oil

3 cans tomato paste and sauce

1 pt. tomato juice

1 T vinegar

1 c. wine, dry



Clean crabs and crack shells. Saute pepper, onion and garlic in enough olive oil to cover until tender but not browned. Add tomato paste, sauce and juice; simmer for 20 minutes. Add remaining ingredients and simmer for 20 minutes longer. Yield 4-6 servings

      Personal note: Old Spanish family recipe


Portuguese Shrimp (Portugal)

Wonderful tasting shrimp. Easy to make.

1 T extra-virgin olive oil, or more as needed

1 onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 (12 fluid oz) can ale, divided

5 sprigs parsley, stemmed and chopped

2 t tomato paste

2 t Portuguese hot pepper sauce (pimenta)

1 cube chicken bouillon

1 t ground paprika

2 lbs unpeeled large shrimp, deveined

1 t Kosher salt

Add all ingredients to list


Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, Add onion and garlic; cook & stir until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in parsley, tomato paste, hot pepper sauce, chicken bouillon, and paprika. Pour in half of the ale; simmer until flavors combine, about 5 minutes. Pour remaining ale into the skillet; add shrimp. Season with salt. Cook until shrimp absorbs the liquid and turns pink, 15 to 20 minutes.


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.

Recommended Reading – Jewelry Books



Irina’s Inspirations for Jewelry : from exotic to everyday — Irina Miech   21.95

ISBN: 978-0-087116-402-5

Kalmback books

21027 Crossroads Circle, Waukesha, Wisconsin, 53186

©2011 Irina Miech

This paperback is a unique blend of simple jewelry designs, which you can create from the instructions included following each picture. Finding the materials in each picture may be a little tricky but the instructions help the new designer to experience a variety of techniques. I especially liked the copper working pages, and the Vibrant Reef necklace drops. I would probably change the gemstone beads but the beaded drops would give my own jewelry designs a new flare. Most of the designs I would not create but each jewelry designer has their own taste and style. The picture directions are quite clear and the accompanying text is very helpful. Although I liked the book, I do not think I would have added it to my collection had I seen the entire book in advance. (I bought it on line at Amazon Books).   Even though this paperback book is a bit pricey, I still recommend it for the new jewelry designer. The varied necklace patterns and techniques may help them to establish their own personal direction through trial and error. Which is after all the best way to learn and establish your own distinctive style.


Recommended Reading- Jewelry Books


Complete Book of Glass Beadmaking

by Kimberly Adams

ISBN -13:978-1-57990-572-9

ISBN – 1-57990-572-2

Glass Craft, Glass blowing and working, glass beads

Published by Lark Books, A Division fo Sterling Publishing Co., inc

387 Park Avenue South, New York, NY10016

©2005, Lark books

This hard bound book has contents that include: A chapter on equiptment, tool, and supplies as well as safety equiptment and clothing. The next chapter helps you create the first bead from lighting the torch to annealing in the kiln.   The following chapters deal with bead shaping, color, decoration and intermediate and advanced techniques of millefiori, dichroic glass., how-to beads, sculpting techniques, and floral beads. The pictures and photographs are colorful and give a clear description of bead formation and creations. This is a spectacular book which is the go-to book for glass bead making. A great price for this beautiful hardbound book.



Articles of Interest- JCK News

Younger Consumers Expect

Engagement Rings to Cost

Less Than $2,500


Younger Consumers Expect Engagement Rings to Cost Less Than $2,500

May 22, 2019 by ROB BATES

An overwhelming majority of Generation Z and millennial consumers feel an engagement ring should cost less than $2,500, according to a new study from TD Ameritrade on young Americans and marriage, conducted by the Harris Poll.

Perhaps the most striking number: More than 80 percent of Gen Z shoppers feel that their engagement rings should cost less than $2,500.

Fifty-four percent of that generation’s consumers wanted to spend less than $1,000 on a ring, while 28 percent feel a ring should carry a price tag between $1,000 and $2,500, the study found. By contrast, 11 percent expected to cough up between $2,500 and $5,000, and only 7 percent felt they should retail for more than $5,000.

Young millennials were a little bit more willing to spend: 39 percent said their engagement rings should cost less than $1,000, and 30 percent said they should go for $1,000–$2,500. Eighteen percent said they should cost $2,500–$5,000, and 14 percent expected to pay more than $5,000.

Older consumers expected to part with more cash, perhaps because they’d actually been in the market. Twenty-one percent expected their rings to cost less than $1,000, while 36 percent expected rings to set them back between $1,000 and $2,500. Twenty-seven percent pegged the price as between $2,500 and $5,000, and 16 percent expected to shell out more than $5,000.

The survey found that women of all ages expected to spend less on engagement rings than men, although there was a smaller gap between younger men and women shoppers than among the older consumers.

Surveys have generally found the average engagement ring price to top $5,000.

The survey also found four in 10 millennials plan to foot the bill for their own weddings, while only 7 percent of parents expect that they won’t contribute.

The survey was conducted online by the Harris Poll on behalf of TD Ameritrade from February 28 to March 14, 2019, among 3,054 U.S. adults and teens ages 15 and older. The full study, titled “Young Americans & Marriage Survey,” can be seen here.

(Image: Getty)



Articles of Interest

The JCK Las Vegas Show is the fashion show of the year for jewelry and fashion designers from all around the world.


JCK Las Vegas 2019: 5 Favorite Jewels From the Show Floor

June 3, 2019 by EMILI VESILIND


It would be impossible for me to pick just five favorites from the thousands of innovative and elegantly wrought jewelry designs peppering this year’s JCK Las Vegas show, which wraps up at the Sands Expo this afternoon.


But below are a handful of new looks (both styles and series) that, when sifting through the zillions of photos I took over the last five days on my overworked iPhone, stick out as special—and especially salable.


Forevermark debuted a new ceremony line, the Engagement and Commitment collection—a range of classic and trend-driven engagement styles with diamond center stones that vary from modest to megawatt. Above are a few looks featuring the latter: Forevermark Exceptional Diamonds from Premier Gem.


Just Jules showcased a range of chic new necklaces featuring real Roman coins bordered by 14k gold and tiny diamonds in baguettes and other shapes—strung on delicate chains. A great look for jeans and dress-up duds alike. 

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Fine jewelers Parlé Jewelry Designs presented several pieces that coupled brightly colored gemstones in innovative ways. This ring, which the atelier informally calls the Pineapple ring (mentally erase the bottom green section and you’ll see the reference!) boasts mandarin garnet framed in tufts of green tourmaline. 

 Top and above: Artistry Ltd.’s new Deco collection includes rings, necklaces, and bracelets featuring emerald-cut colored gemstones including tourmaline, citrine, and amethyst in minimalist 14k white and yellow gold settings. These flexible, lightweight bracelets, which weigh almost nothing and stack up beautifully, sell for around $800 each and are attractive giftables and self-purchase splurges.

 Stuller has a new trend-driven bridal collection that checks a lot of boxes for fashionable young brides-to-be. Unlike Stuller’s core bridal line, which is highly customizable, these trendy new styles come ready-made, in the manner of a true indie designer bridal line. 

(Photos by Emili Vesilind)