Her jewelry designs are so lovely!
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The transcendent, timeless beauty of medieval jewels has not diminished with the passing of time. Made from the most precious and beautiful materials known to the medieval world—gold, silver, gems, pearls—, they also captivate modern beholders.
Few medieval jewels have come down to posterity. Because of the inherent value of their materials, many were destroyed, or rather, constantly recycled: they were melted down and reused in newer, more fashionable pieces.
However, the significance of medieval jewelry goes far beyond its material or decorative value. Precious objects communicated complex meanings and connotations and thus constituted an indispensable part of the medieval language of signs.
A rare early 18th century Memento Mori band gold known as a skeletal, as the whole length of the skeleton is employed on the outside of the hoop, with other emblems. The earliest known example is dated 1659. This ring is enamelled in black with a full skeleton, twin hearts for love and an hourglass, symbolic of the passage of time and the brevity of life.
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Arthur & Georgie Gaskin Blue Bird pendant. Jewellery The International Era, Shirley Bury, vol II, llustrated: The book’s title page & p.637. cf: Arthur & Georgie Gaskin, City Museum & Art Gallery, Birmingham, 1982. Silver, gold, black opal, pink tourmaline, opal & pearl Pendant: H: 6 cm (2.36 in) W: 6.5 cm (2.56 in) Chain: L: 32 cm (12.6 in). Via 1stdibs.
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