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    Posted 3 years ago

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    Hi everyone!

    I've been wanting to share this for a bit now and finally grabbed a moment to do so. The earrings here are from our good friend Valentino97, who brought them to me on Easter and how fitting are the colors? So awesome, I love them. They have inlay Coral, Lapis Lazuli, Opal, Turquoise and Gaspite. Thank you so much Mary, you are the perfect guest and we just had a great time!

    Shortly after that is when I found the bracelet that couldn't be a better match!

    It's my first sandcast piece, made by Florence Begay, Navajo. Heavy sterling silver and decorated with a bit of a different style as in the use of different stones. Traditionally, turquoise is used. This one has Malachite, Lapis Lazuli, I think this middle pink is Rhodochrosite ?, Amethyst (a replaced stone, I found that out when I received it in the mail - boo hiss) and Angel Hair Coral cabochons.

    I certainly miss being here with you all, trying to organize my time has proven impossible but I keep trying and that's about all I can do is keep trying!

    Enjoy and much love to you all!!!

    Below is the description and process of Sandcasting, credited to Silver Eagle Gallery:

    Native American Sandcast sterling silver jewelry is a unique and recognizable style of jewelry. The surface has a patina with a soft sheen and a brushed look. The jewelry often has shapes and swirls that have an “Old Spain” appearance. The sandcast pieces are made with a generous amount of sterling silver and have a high quality feel and weight. Silversmithing techniques were brought to the New World by the Spanish and taught to the people of Mexico. By the 1850s, Navajo people in the Four Corners area had acquired some silver work from Mexican craftsmen through trading. The Navajo people wanted to learn to work with silver so they traded livestock for silversmithing lessons and learned the technique from the Mexicans.

    It is a difficult labor-intensive process that involves many steps. Using Tufa Stone, a porous limestone, or Sandstone, the artist carves the shape and design of the item being cast. A great deal of skill is required to control the depth of the carving and the overall shape of the piece. Another flat stone is placed against the carved half of the mold. The halves are fastened together and a sprue hole is carved into one end. Molten silver is poured into the mold using the sprue hole. Once the silver cools, the item is taken out and the flat piece is shaped into a bracelet, ring or other item. The piece is hand finished, design elements may be added and finally it is lightly oxidized. This type of jewelry has an antique, Old World look with a slightly sandy texture on the inside of the piece. The mold is destroyed in the process of pouring the molten silver making each piece a one-of-a-kind original. Sandcasting is, perhaps, one of the most difficult silversmithing techniques to master.

    Navajo Sandcast sterling silver jewelry is truly an authentic, traditional style that is admired worldwide and highly collectible.

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    1. Newfld Newfld, 3 years ago
      Beautiful pieces, esp the inlay earrings
    2. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 3 years ago
      Newfld! I totally agree. Even better is where they came from! Love mary to bits. ;) Thank you for your love and comment!!!
    3. jscott0363 jscott0363, 3 years ago
      Beautiful set Sue! How very kind of Valentino to bring these to you. So glad to see you posting. I miss seeing you around CW.
    4. kyratango kyratango, 3 years ago
      Great post! Mary's gift is soo beautiful! And your write up is very educational, thanks for sharing!
    5. valentino97 valentino97, 3 years ago
      Share - I love that you found a bracelet that "matches" those earrings! How nice of you to give the earrings a shout-out! I love your sandcast cuff - looks very good together :-) Sorry I was not able to do much this weekend. My weird (near agoraphobic) obsession to figure out handmade beaded jewelry submissions to OC and LA county fair took over. I finally finished and picked 2 Entries....ha ha ha...4-h girl....
    6. valentino97 valentino97, 3 years ago
      Thank you for the sandcast research too. :-)
    7. MALKEY MALKEY, 3 years ago
      kaleidoscope of colours fabilus reading to
      thanks for sharing shareurpassion xxxx

      well soon or later back to berlovely nurses psychiatric nurse psychologist receptionist ladys ect lady hey dude domestics patients doctors
    8. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 3 years ago
      Mr J! Thanks so much for your kind words, I do appreciate that! And yes, Mary is just a doll, we have such a great time when we get together!!! I wish it could be more often! See you again soon!!! ;)
    9. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 3 years ago
      kyra, thank you too for the kind words. The earrings are also signed but I haven't yet been able to quite put my finger on it! I will tho. So many times I search until I start seeing what I want instead of what's really there and that's when I know I need to put it down for awhile. I'm pretty sure it happens to most of us anyway! As far as the bracelet goes, I think I'm going to have a friend replace that too large of an already replaced stone with turquoise. my guess is that's what it was in the first place...don't know for sure.
    10. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 3 years ago
      Mary! What? You placed some of your creations in a contest??? At least that's what I think I read! Well, if you did, good luck! I'm sure you'd win, you are very good at beading and yes, it does become an obsession but at least it's a good one right?! I'd love to see them too!!!
    11. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 3 years ago
      Malkey! Huh??? haha thank you!
    12. Mrstyndall Mrstyndall, 3 years ago
      Very nice!
    13. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 3 years ago
      Kevin, Caper Thomas, Fort! I forgot to do a thank you for stopping in guys! Appreciated!
    14. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 3 years ago
      Tigra, aura, Tassie...thank you ladies!

      MrsT Thanks for the comment! I love them. I think I'm a bit green over yours!!! ;)
    15. valentino97 valentino97, 3 years ago
      Yes, I entered 4 pieces in the Orange County Fair - so dorky, but summers were always about the fair for a 4-H girl :-) I'll send you the pictures.... I'm also going to check the LA Fair. I love fair time! It's been a few years since I competed. NO, I won't win anything because there are seriously great beaders! I'm quirky.
    16. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 3 years ago
      Not even Mary! You have made some beautiful pieces and if the judges don't pick you...they are the quirky ones! ;) Can't wait to see what you entered! Crossing my fingers for you!!! And oh, by the way...I found something for you tonite! Fish fry coming to a town near you again!!! beer! Good food and we've meaning myself more than you cuz you are on time...I want to get there early. Those lady's sell some cool stuff for about nothing!
    17. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 3 years ago
      Thanks to all that hit that love button!!!
    18. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 3 years ago
      Lovely! I really like those earrings. Thanks for posting such interesting information as well. Wonderful!

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