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Carved Gemstones:

Update: We've got just a few stones left in stock. Click HERE to see.

 

Our next stone sale is a real treat. We've got loads of highly detailed, hand carved gemstones. There will be labradorite, moonstone, amethyst, iolite, and more. There's even some incredible, rare, yellow fluorite. It looks like a juicy hard candy you can pop into your mouth! These are hand carved in the Mughal style, as are many of the other gems we have. We'll be listing some amazing, hand carved ocean jasper owls and even some intricate bone carvings. This sale is going to be a good one!

+About Mughal carving:

From the early 1500's to the mid 1700's, India was under the rule of the Mughal dynasty. The Mughals were admirers of the arts, food, clothing, architecture and jewelry. Gemstones, pearls and enamel were heavily featured in jewelry designs. During this reign, gemstone carving flourished. Gemstone carving requires years of experience and training. Today, these tiny works of art are enjoying a comeback as one way for a technology driven world to connect, and engage, with a unique, handcrafted artform.

When I say we...
Most of you know I'm a one woman show. There's so much to do and a limited amount of time and energy to devote. I've started doing stone sales for my students and this has expanded into the general public, but it's really time consuming. So...I'm very pleased to announce that my son, Jaron, has joined me. This is our second family business as Jaron is also a CIA (Culinary Institute of America) trained chef and owner of specialty wood fired oven, Stoked. In his slow season, he'll be managing stone sales for me. While I'm still getting to do the part that's the most fun...choosing and buying...he's in charge of most everything else. This is a great addition to my little biz and will allow me more time to create, but still give you all the opportunity to grab some lovely stones. If you hear me talking about Jaron on my facebook page, or elsewhere, please give him a little handclap and a welcome!

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Marriane

Just had to let you know that I received the earrings today (that I purchased from your etsy shop )and  I was totally, completely blown away by the beauty of these pieces!. Such exquisite craftsmanship and perfect choice of stones and metal in each piece. They are both unique and lovely in their own delicate way. I was so pleased by these pieces that I went back to your shop and purchased 2 more! Can't wait to see the next pairs of earrings I ordered..I'm sure I won't be disappointed!

Ronna

These pieces have souls.  I'm not Christian, but in your jewelry I'm able to see the beauty, joy, connection, comfort and grounding your faith brings to you, and it's a beautiful thing to behold.

Sharon

Just wanted to let you know that I received my beautiful earrings, and am happier than ever now that I see them in real life. They are truly beautiful! Thank you for taking the time, a long time ago, to talk to me about your creative process using religious items. You made me think and open my mind in a way that helped me to allow myself to be comfortable with my religion and who I am.  Your kind words and your blog are always inspiring. 
 

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