Carolyn & Christina, both award winning artists, design one of a kind, Artisan Jewelry using top quality gemstones that frame incredible works of art-Tibetan Pendants and other Artisan Pendants. We then further enhance our designs with Karen Hill Tribe & Bali Silver, handmade lampwork beads and fused glass beads. Nature provides the gemstones and we use our artistic talents, inspiration and vision to create unique works of art.
KAREN HILL TRIBE SILVER
Carolyn & Christina use beautiful stones such as Turquoise, Coral, Ocean Jasper, Mookaite, Labradorite, Peruvian Opal, Larimar and other rare stones as showcases for the beautful silver artwork created by the Karen Hill Tribes of Northern Thailand.
The Karen are one of five Hill Tribes located in Northern Thailand and make their living on the craftmenship of their work. Each piece is created by a tribesperson, where they hammer the desgins into the silver. In fact, if you were to present a particular piece to a tribesperson they would most likely be able to identify the artist, as each adds their own character to the pieces; in a way this is their signature.
We know that at least when it comes to the larger designs, eventually each design will be retired. So in addition to being handcrafted pieces they are limited editions!
The Karen draw their inspiration from the air, land and water, symbolizing their connection to their environment. Each piece is a masterpiece representing centuries of their culture and art.
HAND CRAFTED TIBETAN PENDANTS AND BEADS
A few years back we discovered the Artisan designed pendants handcrafted by the people of Tibet, Nepal and India.
The exquisite craftsmenship of these pieces, including inlaid Turquoise, Coral, Lapis and Pressed Baltic Amber showcase beautiful creations, that are truly eye catching, awe inspiring pendants that are further enhanced by our design eye, using only the highest quality gemstones.
Taking the combined talents of the the Tibetans and ours the finished products we create are truly a head turning creation.
RARE GEMSTONES FROM SOME OF THE MOST REMOTE AREAS AROUND THE WORLD
"Ocean Jasper has been found along the northwest coast of Madagascar after years of unsuccessful searching! " so announced at the Tucson Gem Show in 2000. The deposit, being located at the edge of the ocean, can only be seen and located at low tide. The location is so remote that the stones must be transported to civilization by boat.
The background color of this most unusual stone ranges from white, pink, green, red or yellow with spheres or orbs in an astonishing array of color. When you look closely at these stones, the orbs can be seen as mimicking the seam foam you come across as you walk along the shores of a beach.
Unfortunately, there are only 2 mines left and it is very hard to find the stones that are the true representation of Ocean Jasper, but do not fear, we are always on the look out!!
Mookaite is another beautiful gemstone that is found only in one region-Australia! Another commonality between the 2 stones is that it also formed in the riverbeds over there! And of course the colors and hues it comes in are again breaktaking!
Charoite is an unusual mineral and of rare occurance. To date it is found in only one location- in the Chara River Valley, a very remote area of East Central Siberia. The Russians first discovered the gem in 1947 but it did not become known to the West until 1978. Charoite has swirling patterns of stunning lavender, lilac, violet and purple, with inclusions of white, grey, black and even orange veins. It has the appearance of purple marble, but really defies description.
Pink & Blue Peruvian Opal is a rare gemstone that comes only from the Andes mountains near San Patricio, Peru. The stones are translucent and sometimes have black dendritic fern like inclusions in it.
Larimar, a very rare gemstone is found only in a relatively inaccessible region of the Dominican Republic. It was discovered by Miguel Mendez who named the gemstone Larimar combining his daughter's name
Larissa with Mar the Spanish word for sea. Larimar reminds one of the swirling seas of the Blue Caribbean and the blue sky with its white clouds.
It is one of the world's rarest gemstones, 20 times rarer than Tanzinite.