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Nov 7, 2010

LIBELLULE - lapis lazuli and aquamarine

Libellule is a french word for "dragonfly". Thats funny, how "l-l-l-l" plays with "l-l" in words "lapis lazuli" :)

I bought these Thai Hill Tribe silver dragonflies specially to combine with lapis lazuli. I love this gemstone. Its deep blue color and sparkling inclusions hypnotise me! And of course, I did notice that brothers Salvatore have rings with lapis lazuli :)
I wire wrapped sterling silver hoops with lapis lazuli faceted rondelles and small pieces of aquamarine. Let me take you to a mysterious place, where twilight plays tricks with youe eyes and water smells like waterlillies.


Interesting fact silver made in Thailand is only made in villages outside of the main cities by Hilltribe families. Most patterns have been in there family for many years and can only be made by large order. There are no stores or one central place to purchase Hilltribe silver in variety other than from the large wholesale shops in the city. Mondays and Fridays are the days families will bring their goods to the main shops for sale and to pick up new orders. A trip to a silver village is a real eye opener to see how families work together to make beautiful silver pieces of art. All Handmade.

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