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replicaEach of these precious beads is sold as a single bead, for $6.50* (or 20% less if you use your friends & fans discount, SAVE20). If you are interested in more or the whole set, please let us know!

These are modern handcrafted beads made in the tradition of ancient dZi beads (pronounced ZEE). Few beads are surrounded by as much myth and mystery as the dZi bead. The authentic/original etched agates are found in Tibet, Bhutan, Ladakh, and Nepal, and are believed to be about two thousand years old. Many legends accompany the beads- that they were not made by man but created by the gods, that they bring luck and ward off evil, that they protect the wearer from physical harm by taking the abuse upon themselves, and that the bead itself will choose its' owner and will not stay with an unlucky person. 

We actually acquired these in India, but we believe they are every bit as beautiful, with their rich Carnelian color and traditional etched designs. We have several in a variety of colors, so let us know if you want additional photos. If you purchase from this posting, you will receive one like that shown in the two close-up shots, unless you specify otherwise.

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Margot Image2This week and next we're introducing Margot Guerrera, a wonderful friend and colleague from Santa Fe. Next week we'll talk about how Margot uses natural minerals from the earth, antique tools and eclectic art supplies in her creation of unique and lovely jewelry and adornments. This week, we're just giving you a sneak preview of some of our favorite items in her collection, and the stories behind them.

Check out her work at:

http://www.etsy.com/shop/MargotGuerrera?ref=search_shop_redirect

Margot Water Lily2Water Lily Stone Painted Pendant

When Margot's children were small, they spent a lot of time in doctors' offices. She made up a special artist's pouch, filled with small tins of mineral watercolors, brushes, and paper or other items to be painted. She would pull this out during the many tedious waits and then the time would just fly by! This is just one example of her lovely miniature paintings, lovingly created with all-natural materials.

 

Miniature Floral Still Life

This is floral painting one of our favorites.! An antique silver pendant has been delicately embellished with natural mineral watercolors, mica, selenite, and handmade resin. Margot says she had a lot of fun painting this still life, with flowers purchased at the grocers serving as the 'model'.

thumb Margot Floral2It's one thing to take images and drawings from life and then reduce them, but quite another experience when working
directly with very, very tiny images! This particular one is watercolor on handmade resin, set in an antique sterling silver pendant. The front has a mica window; the back has a selenite window cover sealed with mica fairy dust and a french brass filigree window, through which you can see a piece of leopard spotted tree skin! This is a completely original work of miniature art, and pure delight!

More to come next week about Margot and the materials and techniques she uses for these and other gorgeous items of natural materials from our beautiful earth.

If you enjoyed this post, you might also enjoy our post on Cate Yoder.

Until next time,

Shannon

 













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0 # Ellen W. Gonchar 2013-11-06 04:03
WoW! Thank you for featuring Margot here in this blog. Her work is just outstanding and she has a new fan! Brava!
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0 # sortego 2013-11-08 03:53
Thank you, Ellen!
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0 # alene geed 2013-11-06 14:57
beautiful work. Looking forward to more details on techniques that Margot uses.
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0 # sortego 2013-11-08 03:55
Thank you, Alene! Part II is coming up any minute/hour/day (?) now -- Does that sound uncertain? Well it is because it is! :-))
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