Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Sublime brooches

Black Tahitian South Sea Pearl Diamond Ruby Gold Bumble Bee Brooch

Coral Tree Noir Pearl Brooch

Verdura 'Wrapped' Ruby & Diamond Heart Brooch

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Chanel celebrates the spirit of the Lion

Gabrielle Chanel, a Leo, had a thing for lions. In 2013, Chanel presented the Sous le Signe du Lion collection, focusing on the spiritual side of the Leo sign, its regal face appearing in sculpted quartz and lapis lazuli.

Monday, 29 January 2018

The Pre-Columbian Gold Museum

The Pre-Columbian Gold Museum is a museum in San José, Costa Rica. It is located in a subterranean building underneath the Plaza de la cultura and is managed by the Banco Central de Costa Rica.
The museum has a collection of over 1600 artifacts of Pre-Columbian gold.

The Central Bank began collecting the country's gold patrimony in 1950.
The Costa Rican metallurgical tradition was imported from Colombia, and its hallmarks include a casting method involving wax and the use of gold-copper alloys to make the metal more malleable. The earliest pieces are small and realistic; some are trade goods from Colombia.

In southern Costa Rica, the discovery of gold deposits meant that artisans could afford to be more profligate, and the artifacts became bigger and bolder.
In Peru and other countries, gold was used to fashion armor and musical instruments. But in Costa Rica gold objects were less utilitarian and more often symbols of prestige and rank. Warriors projected fierceness and social standing with pectorals, headdresses, armbands and nose pins.

Shamans, considered conduits between the natural and supernatural worlds, were represented by finely worked pendants that combined human and animal features, often in the form of masks.
In Costa Rica the first metal objects appeared around 400-500 AD. The manufacture of metal objects reached its maximum development after the year 700 AD and lasted until contact with the Spanish.

The majority of the metal objects that have been recovered in Costa Rica come from the southern Pacific area. This is due to the existence of natural gold and copper deposits in the region.

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Sunday, 28 January 2018

Carved Gemstone Masterpieces by Dreher

Patrick Dreher’s mouse is a carved single crystal of smoky quartz.
Gerd Dreher, born in 1939, is continuing the family tradition of his father, Paul Dreher. Gerd Dreher has specialized exclusively on engraving animal sculptures.

He works together with his son, Patrick, the fifth generation gemstone engraver from the House of Dreher.

Chameleon carving by Gerd Dreher is made in grossular garnet with shale.

Agate, carved into a frog on a lily pad. Gerd Dreher.

Carved Jasper Toad and Matching Rough Specimen, Gerd Dreher. Est $ 15,000-20,000

A Carved Ametrine Rooster, Gerd Dreher

Fine Opal Carving, "The Pig," Gerd Dreher
Citrine mouse with gold tail

Smoky Quartz Carving of a Mouse on a Toadstool, Gerd Dreher. Est $ 15,000-20,000

Banded Agate, Gerd Dreher. Est $ 10,000-15,000.

Carved Ruby Toad, Dreher. Est $ 12,000-18,000.

Coral, Lapis Lazuli, and 18 Karat Gold "Seahorses" Carving, Gerd Dreher. Est $ 10,000-15,000.

Polychrome Banded Agate Snail.

Carnelian Gold Veil Tail Fish. Dreher

A sitting chameleon chrysocolla carving.

Beryl mouse

Carved from a single piece of natural Brazilian agate
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