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Monthly Archives: December 2011

  • Gold Please...

    My extended wish list.
  • Jewelry and the Golden Triangle

    I’ll admit that until this past week, what I knew about the Golden Triangle could be fit into a teaspoon. I knew it was somewhere in Asia and bridged three countries including Thailand and Burma.

    But Isadora’s just got in a new collection of beautiful jewelry from this area and so like always I decided to research and correct my ignorance or at least make a dent in it.

    Apparently the Golden Triangle is in Asia and it does cross over three countries:Thailand, Burma and Laos. But that area of the world is so much more.

    There are six groups of people that populate this area, primarily residing in the hills of Thailand: The Hmong, The Lahu, The Karen, The Lisu, The Akha and the Mien. And they have beautiful jewelry.

    Much of their jewelry is composed of silver. Because these people live on the cusp of three countries, they believe that silver has a greater fixed value than national currencies (and as we read the news from all parts of the world I have to say this seems like a rather intelligent worldview.) And so whenever they get a chunk of change they use it to buy beautiful silver earrings, bracelets and necklaces, wearing the jewelry in great abundance on special occasions.

    And one of their favored jewelry motifs is that of the spiral. To them the spiral represents the being’s permanence over the transience of change. I have to say it has become one of my new, favorite jewelry motifs.

  • Zircon: December's Sparking Birthstone

    December's birthstone, Zircon is one nature’s prettiest stones.  Occurring in blue, brown, green, dark red, yellow, orange and white, zircon is characterized by an extremely high refraction giving it a fantastic sparkle.

    But due to a similar name to the artificial stone, Cubic Zirconia, it has often been overlooked.  This is a jewelry crime, to my way of thinking, because Zircon is a wonderfully beautiful stone. 

    And it is the complete opposite of the man made Cubic Zirconia as it is the oldest stone known to man.  And this is not hyperbole.  In Australia, during the 1990’s a tiny grain of zircon 4.2-4.3 billion years old was discovered.  Becoming the very oldest object ever found!

    Due to scientists’ ability to trace time through the chemical make-up of zircons, zircons are loved not only by jewelry enthusiasts but also by geologists.  A very hardy stone, Zircons are resistant to chemical attack.  They survive geological events that eradicate other stones and like a time capsule they retain the chemical makeup of their entire timeline, giving geologist clues about the history of the natural world.
    But I digress, as a jewelry lover, the most important thing about zircon’s is how exquisitely beautiful they are. 

    An Interpretation of the Indian Kalpa Tree

    They are considered so beautiful Hindu poets tell of the ancient Kalpa tree. The ultimate gift to the gods, a glowing tree covered in gemstone fruit with leaves of zircon. 

    The word Zircon actually comes from the Persian word “Zargun” meaning gold-colored.  As for many years the golden brown zircon was the most popular.  Today the vibrant blue is the one that so many people are crazy for, as am I.

    Please follow this link to see all of Isadora's fantastic Zircon pieces:  Zircon

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