In the Andes mountains at elevations of more than 12,000 feet, open trenches accessible only by mule yield gleaming stones, including lapis lazuli, the national stone of Chile. The Inca kingdom flourished in this part of the world, and today jewelers in family-owned shops in Santiago draw on geometric Inca designs to create pieces that blend history and geography into wearable art. The tapered forms of these lapis lazuli, turquoise, jasper, chrysocolla, and pyrite stones, outlined in sterling silver, echo the shape of ancient stone doorways found at Incan ruins.
The hills of northern Thailand are home to
about 20 distinct tribes, including the Hmong and the Karen. Each tribe has its own cultural traditions, but all the tribes are known for their silver jewelry, which many people use instead ...
The Medici family dominated political and economic life
in Florence, Italy, beginning in the late 14th century. One of Europe's wealthiest families, they ushered in the Renaissance with their widespread patronage of artists and architects such as Brunelleschi, Donatello, Michelangelo, ...
The designer of these sparkling necklaces was inspired
by the massive jewels that hung from the headdresses of India’s 19th-century maharajas. Blue chalcedony with rose quartz are stones of reflection and compassion, respectively.