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  1. Nature is an abundant source of inspiration for many jewelry designers, but newcomer Brooke Kanani Sachs takes actual elements from the forest and beach and casts them in 18-karat gold settings with diamond and gemstone accents to create her one-of-a-kind pieces.Obsidian jewelry The jeweler’s seedpod ring, for instance, is an actual seed she treated for durability, set with a baguette diamond center, and framed on a gold band. “The juxtaposition of these objects with the refined qualities of precious metals and stones is a way of paying homage to nature in a way that I truly see fit,” says Sachs, who trained for four years with an old-world craftsman where she learned the traditional lost wax method of casting. She continues to make each piece of jewelry from start to finish from her Hopkinton, R.I., studio. In addition to natural resources, elements in nature also inspire designs.Obsidian jewelry “I am intrigued by the anthropomorphic quality of trees, the ripples in the sand that are left behind by the waves or wind, bones, shells, rocks, horseshoe crabs, seedpods, birds, animals, and many other things that we tend to take for granted in our demanding lives,” she says. Her pieces start at $400 in sterling silver and range to $10,000 for items in 18-karat gold. If you are interested in Iebeads obsidian jewelry,Please check the cheapest and affordable online store— http://obsidian.iebeads.com ,Opportunity not to be missed.
  2. For 131 years, Bulgari has crafted many of its finest jewelry pieces using the architecture and monuments of Rome—its home city—for inspiration. Now to celebrate its heritage, Bulgari is honoring this influence with Obsidian jewelry, an exhibition opening in Bulgari’s New York City store on October 15. Highlighting classic designs from the 1930s to the present day, the exhibit will include a gold-and-diamond necklace inspired by the vaulted ceilings of the Pantheon; a bib necklace designed to look like Via Appia (one of the oldest and most important roads in ancient Rome); and a two-toned gold necklace created with Roman Imperial silver-alloy coins. Culled from Bulgari’s archives and private collections, the one-of-a-kind exhibit will also highlight ancient Roman coins on loan from the American Numismatic Society. Guided tours Obsidian jewelry can be made by appointment. In addition to the exhibit, Bulgari is also partnering with the city of Rome to renovate and restore the well-known Spanish Steps—a 17th-century set of 135 stairs located between Piazza di Spagna and the church in Piazza Trinità dei Monti. For those wanting to add to their Bulgari collection, seven exclusive designs for a pop-up boutique at Harrods will be available from October 30 to November 28.Obsidian jewelry The collection includes a pendant that is set in 18-karat pink gold; a steel-cased, black-and-gold watch; an emerald crocodile handbag enshrined with diamonds; and four Serpenti Forever Galuchat handbags. If you are interested in Iebeads obsidian jewelry,Please check the cheapest and affordable online store— http://obsidian.iebeads.com ,Opportunity not to be missed.
  3. “Do you want to see magic?” asks jewelry designer John Hardy as he reaches deep into his pocket and pulls out a vibrant orange rock the size of a large grape.Obsidian jewelry The nearly translucent stone radiates with a mysterious sparkle from deep within. Hardy, in Las Vegas for an annual trade fair, had just acquired the extraordinary boulder Mexican opal at a neighboring gem show from a dealer who accepted only cash. “I emptied my pockets on the table, and he took everything except my spare change,” he says, mesmerized by his latest acquisition. He envisions the stone set with deep red rubies and sparkling orange garnets in a gold ring. The design will be part of his Cinta collection, which features uncommon gems, minerals, and even seashells in imaginative, one-of-a-kind designs. “Cinta means love in Indonesia,” explains Hardy, who lives and works on a picturesque mountaintop in Bali. The Cinta collection evolved from designs he began making for his wife, Cynthia, when they first met 16 years ago.Obsidian jewelry Over the years, Hardy has become increasingly fond of making unique pieces because it allows him to create anything he desires, free from the concerns of producing multiples. “My greatest joy is making one-of-a-kind artistic pieces that won’t appear again,” he says. Hardy’s latest Cinta series is made with exotic South China Sea seashells that are set with an ombré of sparkling colored diamonds or sapphires and fashioned into chunky rings, earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. The juxtaposition of natural shells with sparkling, brightly colored gems is particularly striking.Obsidian jewelry Another new design features rutilated quartz that he discovered in India and set into voluptuous round rings and pendants accented with colored gemstones. Hardy’s boyish enthusiasm and fascination with gems keep him constantly searching for unusual and unexpected stones and materials. Cinta gives him the opportunity to be more experimental and adventurous than do his flourishing sterling silver and gold jewelry and home collections, which are intended for a broader audience. “The Cinta pieces can be hard to sell because not everyone understands the magic and rarity of the gems,” he explains. “Sometimes I simply can’t part with certain pieces, and those go to Cynthia.” If you are interested in Iebeads obsidian jewelry,Please check the cheapest and affordable online store— http://obsidian.iebeads.com ,Opportunity not to be missed.
  4. The jewelry designer Obsidian jewelry pays homage to the fascinating jewelry legacy of Afghanistan with a collection of large, colorful gemstone pieces ($150 to $5,000), using stones sourced from throughout the country in designs that reflect its unique culture. New designs include gold-plated drop earrings of bright-blue lapis lazuli as well as draping necklaces with layers of rough-cut stones. Last year, the London-based designer visited Kabul to purchase stones and work with local craftspeople at the charity Turquoise Mountain, which trains and places jewelers. “I was asked out to Kabul initially to create a collection inspired by the ancient Bactrian gold that has been touring the world the last few years,” explains Small, who made her first visit to Kabul seven years ago.Obsidian jewelry Those ancient treasures were famously buried by the museum director in Kabul when the Taliban took over, to protect them, and they later toured around the world. Following that initial project, Small returned to the region and partnered with Turquoise Mountain, and her commissions helped employ the first jewelry craftswomen in the workshop. Her latest jewelry, which features gemstones that appear like tumbled rocks and carefully etched gold pieces, draws on designs from Bactrian, Turkmen, Uzbek, and other cultures in the region. For generations, the region has produced an extraordinary array of gemstones, but political and military conflicts have deeply affected the local mining and flow of stones.Obsidian jewelry Small has, as a result, sought to develop ways to use the stones in pieces created by the local people. The designer’s interest in various cultures began when she was young and traveled with her parents around the world. She went on to study anthropology and earn a master’s degree in medical anthropology; making jewelry began as a way to fund her degree, and her designs were an immediate success among a fashionable international crowd. Throughout her career she has continued to try and find ways to support indigenous craftwork, including by the San people of the Kalahari and the Kuna people of Panama. “I began working on my projects about eight years ago, sure that there would be a way to bring benefit from working with traditional communities,” she says.Obsidian jewelry “I feel that jewelry has the potential to change lives by working with communities, creating jobs and opportunities, and using design to raise money and awareness.” If you are interested in Iebeads obsidian jewelry,Please check the cheapest and affordable online store— http://obsidian.iebeads.com ,Opportunity not to be missed.
  5. Fascinated by the chimera of Greek mythology, Louis Cartier—a scion of the French jewelry house—commissioned in 1922 a jeweled bangle carved from coral in the shape of a two-headed version of the imaginary beast. Several more pieces on the same theme followed. These contemporary depictions of ancient,Obsidian jewelry, exotic figures helped to lay the foundation for a design movement that celebrated such sculptural jewelry pieces as objets d’art in their own right, and greatly influenced the house’s legendary Art Deco creations, which debuted at the 1925 Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs. Fittingly, the chimera has been revived as the cornerstone of Cartier High Jewelry’s 2009 collection, which was scheduled to debut at the Biennale des Antiquaires at Paris’ Grand Palais in September. Along with Chanel Fine Jewelry—also among the jewelers invited to present at the Biennale—Cartier harks back to the glory days of Parisian design in the 1920s and ’30s with its grand high jewelry that references historic motifs. Each of the 2009 high-jewelry lines from Cartier and Chanel features lavish, one-of-a-kind pieces and serves as the keynote for its creator’s comprehensive 2009 jewelry collection. "We are revisiting the mythological theme in a contemporary way, showing chimeras along with plumed serpents and wild dragons, in entirely new designs," explains Pierre Rainero, Cartier’s director of image, style, and heritage.Obsidian jewelry, "These figures are symbolic; they’re deeply inscribed in every culture and in the human imagination." The timing was propitious when, two years ago, Rainero’s team discovered a cache of fiery-orange padparadscha sapphires that came from the mines of Sri Lanka. These exceptionally rare gems, whose name comes from a Sanskrit phrase meaning "lotus flower," were combined with various stones to represent the blazes of fire-breathing dragons in an elaborate torsade. "The orange-pink color creates a feeling of warmth and heat," notes Rainero. "People respond to their color; it creates emotion." Also among Cartier’s newly created high-jewelry designs are three padparadscha rings, each with a grape-size center stone valued at more than $1 million. The rings are especially unusual finds considering the rarity of their center stones, particularly in larger sizes. Vintage designs in Cartier’s high-jewelry line include a restored diamond collar that was made in 1928 for Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala. After acquiring the collar, Cartier spent more than eight months restoring the damaged platinum setting and replacing missing diamonds with old-cut diamonds that blend seamlessly with the piece’s original stones. The standout of Chanel Fine Jewelry’s high-jewelry collection—a camellia brooch—was inspired by a single rare stone: a 38-carat, blue-green Paraiba tourmaline, which in the brooch is encircled by diamonds and sea-blue enamel. Obsidian jewelry,"We don’t usually design around a stone," says Benjamin Comar, global director of Chanel Fine Jewelry. "We typically start with a design, then source the stones. But we loved the color and purity of this gem. It’s like the Caribbean sea; you want to dive into it." All of the newly created pieces in Chanel’s high-jewelry ensemble are influenced by Gabrielle "Coco" Chanel’s only diamond jewelry collection, which was presented in Paris in 1932 and included examples of her favored motifs: camellias, bows, comets, and stars. The jewelry house’s 2009 collection "represents the modern version of what Mademoiselle Chanel created in 1932," says Comar. The camellia also appears in delicate yet voluminous diamond necklaces, watches, and rings—all large yet surprisingly light and open in their lines. The jewelry is handmade at a series of small Parisian ateliers, each of which contributes its own proprietary techniques to the execution of the house’s designs. One of the ateliers, for example, specializes in hand-applied enamels so delicate and translucent that, according to Comar, they resemble stained-glass church windows. If you are interested in Iebeads obsidian jewelry,Please check the cheapest and affordable online store— http://obsidian.iebeads.com ,Opportunity not to be missed.
  6. Very magical obsidian

    The exciting arrival of gem quality solid opal from the Welo district of Ethiopia is taking the gem world by storm. Some are confusing the Welo opal, discovered circa 2008, with the original Ethiopian opal discovery in 1994 at Yita Ridge in the Shewa province, which is prone to cracking. Contrarily, once cut, the Welo opals have proven to be as stable as Australian opal or Brazilian opal where only a small percentage may craze or crack.Obsidian jewelry Australian opals are sedimentary in nature, forming in ancient sea beds, whereas Ethiopian opals originate from volcanic activity. All volcanic opal is called “hydrophane opal." The term hydrophane comes from the Greek words meaning “water-loving” and describes their ability to absorb water and change from opaque or semi-translucent to translucent or transparent. Sometimes this highlights the color play – others will just become transparent or opaque, with no color when hydrated. Hydrophane opals vary widely from source to source, so it is important to learn the characteristics of gems from a particular mine rather than consider all hydrophane opals to be alike in both looks and properties. The good news is that tests by GIA and others have shown that opal from the Welo province in Ethiopia will revert back to its original state, once dried, with no adverse reaction such as cracking. Special Care and Handling Stone Group Laboratories of Missouri had similar positive reports on the stability of the current Welo area productions. When many stones were immersed and then left to dry repeatedly (12 times), there was no cracking or change from their original appearance.Obsidian jewelry The laboratory subjected smaller stones to high heat in order to rapidly dehydrate water-soaked stones and found them to be stable even under these conditions. They did further studies on care and handling and strongly recommend that you do not experiment by immersing these opals in water or other liquids or oils, since contamination can occur, leaving residues within the opal. This can eventually change the original body color or the way light is transmitted by the stone, which in turn may affect the color play or brilliance. Immersing hydrophane opal underwater may, in rare cases, cause stress from uneven expansion, which can create a crack similar to those caused by sudden shock. Chances increase if the water temperature is at odds with the stone temperature, if the stone had any previous trauma or if it is set into jewelry. The time period for dehydrating can be minutes to more than a week and will vary depending on stone body type, size and environmental conditions. Do not try and speed up the natural drying process by placing in an oven, under a hot light or hair dryer! Do not fear accidental situations such as dropping your opal into a wash basin or getting caught in the rain; the absorption is not immediate and requires more time than a quick dip. Like most gems, opal should be handled and cleaned with care. Never use a steamer or ultrasonic, keep away from harsh cleaning agents, perfume, hand soap, high temperatures or sudden temperature changes; simply wipe with a clean soft cloth. Stress tests are done under laboratory-controlled conditions with distilled water and temperature monitoring. Other tests were made with the knowledge that losses may occur – like soaking in hot tea or immersing after exposing a stone to stress.Obsidian jewelry We commission these types of studies so that we can advise you of all the necessary precautions and possibilities and so you will not take risks with your purchases. These opals are natural- not manufactured- and as such, will vary in their individual properties. I have bought and sold opals from all sources for a long time and am thrilled with the variety of body colors, patterns, and especially the brilliance of colors that Welo opal displays. Many exhibit brilliance on a scale not seen since the early Andamooka, South Australian productions. Further, beautiful, high-dome cabs are available that best show the beautiful play of color in opal. Welo is as important to the opal business today as the Australian mines were in the previous century. The cornucopia of opal varieties that can imitate Lightning Ridge, Coober Pedy, Andamooka, Mexico or Brazilian opal from this new discovery alone will continue to bring excitement back to this “Queen of Gems” for many years to come. If you are interested in Iebeads obsidian jewelry,Please check the cheapest and affordable online store— http://obsidian.iebeads.com ,Opportunity not to be missed.