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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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mixed metal artisan necklaceRemember when it was an 'unwritten rule' that women paired their handbags with their shoes and their toenail color matched their fingernail color, and when you wore jewelry it was supposed to be either all gold or all silver?

Not any more. (Thank goodness!) I won't even get into the creative adventures some embark on with their fingernails, and I'm one of those who's just happy to get the same style/color shoes on my left and right feet. So naturally I'm happy that it's not only okay, but all the rage to mix metals in jewelry.

Everywhere you look, you can find burnished gunmetal with bright yellow gold, pale rose gold with oxidized silver, rhodium with copper, silver and gold, bronze and brass, and more! Whether you see it stacked as bangles, layered as neck chains, dangling from ears, or incorporated into a single lovely metalsmithed pendant, the trend is going strong. Stylecaster, a magazine covering fashion, goes so far as to say: "Not only is the mandate to avoid mixing metals ridiculous, but it also causes you to miss out on some killer jewelry trends."

"There are no rules in terms of metals anymore," said Mandy Mitchell, co-founder and curator of www.shopnativela.com, an e-commerce site that specializes in homegrown fashion, beauty and accessories. Especially in the field of altered art, where jewelry designers accumulate mass amounts of supplies and odd bits that catch their fancy, and they can create sprawling, layered masterpieces with filigree metal, tiny watch gears, coins, charms and metal buttons.

mixed metal squareJust to give you a bit of inspiration, I've included here some images of gorgeous mixed metal items I've run across in perusing the internet. Unfortunately, the artists weren't credited at the sites where I found these, but we can appreciate them 'anonymously' at least. For those of you out there working with mixed metals, I hope you'll comment below -- share what you're doing and talk about its appeal for you!

mixed metal braceletUntil Next Time,

Sheila

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0 # Ellen W Gonchar 2016-01-19 01:00
I love mixed metal pieces! It does take a bit of push for my mind to use this creative process vs. the matchy, matchy I grew up with lol!
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0 # Sheilao 2016-01-19 08:06
Thank you, Ellen!!
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