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About twenty years ago, one of my first major collections designed for an art museum was for the Guggenheim’s exhibit entitled “China: 5000 years”. It was at that moment that I first realized that my degree in Art History was the perfect match for my love of designing and making jewelry. I knew then that I could use my education to help buyers to purchase pieces that accurately complimented their exhibits. The Chinese Collection features a couple of separate collections. First is Glaze, an assortment of high fired porcelain, in the colors prevalent in Tang Dynasty (618 – 906). The second group are the class blue and white porcelains that are indicative of the Ming Dynasty (1368–1644). The Third Group is the striking red and black group made of authentic Chinese cinnabar and black onyx. Cinnabar is a fascinating mineral from which a durable lacquer is created. Supposedly Taoist philosophers used it to create “The Elixir of Life”, a magical potion for longevity. It was also believed that cinnabar was capable of transmutation, becoming a different precious metal every 200 years and ultimately changing into gold after 1000 years. The cinnabar pieces in our collection have a carved wooden core that has been coated with many layers of cinnabar lacquer. Lastly, we have intriguingly detailed reverse-painted beads made by highly skilled craftsmen in this traditional art. These images are literally painted in reverse, on the inside of the glass bead, forcing the artist to work on the fine details of the painting first and the background after. Although the various components that make this collection authentic are hand made in China, the designs and jewelry are Made in the USA.

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