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jade newThis is a lovely hand-carved pendant of natural Nephrite Jade from New Zealand. Maori designs carved in jade are steeped in religious and spiritual belief. They tell stories of ancestors long lost, depict spirits from the heavens, earth, and underworld, show historical lineage and paint images of the natural world that surround and surrounded them. They are no doubt beautiful, but they’re more than a form of art. For Maori they create a strong connection with their ancestors and the natural world they live in. It was believed by Maori that as a carving was worn against the skin it absorbed some of that person's essence. As carvings were passed down through the family they absorbed essence from each family member, creating a direct ancestral connection through the necklace itself. This is one reason why Maori design is so special, it is more than just an art form.

This special piece measures approx. 70 mm long (approx.. 2 3/4") x approx. 35 mm. (just shy of 1 1/2") at its widest point. Thickness is approx. 3 mm. Hole at top for hanging is approx. 2 1/2 mm. wide.

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Esther GroupToday I have the pleasure of introducing Esther, Smitha, and Amélie of Ohlala Jewelry. This is the story of three young women who have taken the leap of entrepreneurship in the jewelry world (like me!), with exciting results! These talented women hand-craft all the jewelry sold on their Etsy shop (see https://www.etsy.com/shop/OhlalaJewelry?ref=si_shop) using beads and precious stones. Top quality and perfection in craftsmanship are second nature to the three passionate creators. What makes this jewelry so original and gives the company a flavor of grace and happiness, is also the story of a meeting between three girls who decided to share their talents and their cultures.

 

Esther EarringsEsther is a creative artist. She is a native of Mumbai and although an established marine lawyer (!!), she was nevertheless always attracted by the arts. She brings the extravagance, the colors, and sensual style which make her creations ideal for 'statement' jewelry. In the beginning, she had to read a lot of books on beading techniques. Once she mastered the basics of peyote, herringbone  hand brick stitch, she found she could easily incorporate these techniques into her own patterns and designs. Her favorite materials are natural stones and Swarovski crystals. She also uses gold fill, sterling silver and semi-precious stones such as amethyst, coral, turquoise, lapis, labradorite, garnets, and many more.

 

Amelie PendantAmélie is French, a Parisian. As another jewelry artist, she is most interested in the harmonies of colors, the delicate and infinite forms found in nature. Introduced several years ago to the craft of making jewelry, she was trained in new techniques by Esther. Her creations are sensitive, delicate, harmonious, elegant... So chic ! Her work is different from Esther's, allowing them to cater to a wider audience.

Smitha is a native of Trivandrum, and is a software engineer by training, having acquired her master's degree in Computer Science in the United States. After a long stay in the U.S. working on cutting edge technology, Smitha returned to her native Trivandrum (a city in Southern India) and continues to work as a Senior Business Analyst at a software firm. Her professional skills and structured approach provided the foundation for the creation of Oh La La Jewelry. Her passion for jewelry, her affinity towards beautiful creations, and above all her professionalism, makes her an essential part of the team.

Oh La La recently had an exhibition at a beautiful store in Trivandrum, India, called Sarwaa. They made several earrings and cuffs for this exhibition and were featured in some of the local newspapers.

Photos of the exhibition can be seen here:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.521674367855461.116797.175850085771226&type=1

You can read more about them (and 'LIKE' them!) on Facebook here:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Oh-La-La-Jewelry/137043726459656

They also recently did a bead workshop where they taught some local women how to make earrings. This was held at Alliance Française de Trivandrum. Photos from the workshop can be seen here:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.741629625850790.1073741841.119242004756225&type=1

Right now the partners' goal is to take Oh La La to an entirely new level.They plan to design beautiful, intricate statement jewelry that women withdiscerning tastes would love to own. They see their design sas wearable art. They plan to do a live fashion show for their jewelry and are working towards that goal. They also want to share their designs via patterns and hold jewelry classes online, and are already in the process of setting up a virtual classroom to achieve this!

I was inspired by this 'sympathetic trio', all of whom are the mothers of little girls! How they find time to do all that they do, I'll never understand. They serve as an inspiration to those of us (like Mom & I) who have found great joy in sharing our talents and working toward a common goal. If you enjoyed this post, you'd likely also enjoy our story on 'How We Started The Bead!'

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0 # Archy 2013-11-24 06:24
They really are amazing women's .
Salute women power
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0 # so Mclaughlin 2013-11-24 07:40
Thank you for your comment! I agree! :-)
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0 # albert polat 2013-11-24 10:31
hats off to these very charming woman,such beautiful handcraft i have yet to see,
wish you all the success
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0 # so Mclaughlin 2013-11-24 16:32
Thank you for your comment! I'll pass it on to them!
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